Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman says inequality is back with a vengeance

Mayor Lutfur Rahman

Mayor Lutfur Rahman - Credit: Archant

The Conservative propaganda machine is keen to point out economic growth figures. But it’s what these figures don’t tell us that’s more concerning.

Employment has risen, but so has in-work poverty. Zero hours contracts have denied many the security of a regular wage.

Minorities have been left behind again. Long-term unemployment among young black and minority ethnic people is up 50 per cent.

The Conservatives’ response was to point out that BAME unemployment doubled under Labour – which might be true, but says nothing about solutions.

This isn’t the only minority or marginalised group being left behind.


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Local government has seen double the number of women lose jobs in the last few years.

Thatcher once said of the left that we would “prefer to make the poor poorer so long as the rich were less rich”.

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But both main parties have done little to plug the staggering wealth gap.

Since 2005, the rich have got 64pc richer and the poor 57pc poorer.

Inequality in all its forms is back with a vengeance.

Tower Hamlets’ £9m investment in a new accessible Town Hall is put into perspective by the £3.5bn worth of repairs Parliament has been told their building needs.

I doubt that campaign group Generation Rent’s proposal to move Parliament to Hull and build social housing in Westminster will pass.

The Westminster parties will fix their living arrangements quickly and efficiently.

It would be nice if they treated everyone’s concerns over our futures with the same diligence.

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