Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
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Coat of arms
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Council logo
Type
Type London borough council of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Houses Unicameral
Term limits None
History
Founded 1 April 1965
Preceded by Bethnal Green Borough Council
Poplar Borough Council
Stepney Borough Council
New session started 22 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leadership
Executive mayor Lutfur Rahman, Independent
Since 21 October 2010
Speaker of Council Lesley Pavitt
Since 22 May 2013
Structure
Seats 51 councillors
Labour
27 / 51
Independent
14 / 51
Conservatives
7 / 51
Respect
2 / 51
Lib Dems
1 / 51
Elections
Council voting system Plurality-at-large
Mayor voting system Supplementary vote
Council last election 6 May 2010
Mayor last election 21 October 2010
Council next election 22 May 2014
Mayor next election 22 May 2014
Meeting place
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
Website
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk
Constitution
Council constitution

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London, England. The council is unusual in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, currently Lutfur Rahman.[1]

Following the May 2010 election, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council was composed of 41 Labour Party members, 8 Conservative Party members, 1 Respect Party member and 1 Liberal Democrat member.[2] Eight councillors elected in 2010 as Labour Party candidates are now independent members[3] and following a by-election in December 2010 there is a further Respect Party member.[4]

The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced three local authorities: Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council.

History[edit]

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Tower Hamlets area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 1 April 1965. Tower Hamlets London Borough Council replaced Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council. All three had been created in 1900, in Bethnal Green the borough council replaced the parish vestry and in Poplar the council replaced the board of works; both authorities had been incorporated by the Metropolis Management Act 1855. Stepney had a more convoluted history with the metropolitan borough council established in 1900 replacing the Limehouse District Board of Works, the Whitechapel District Board of Works and the parish vestries of Mile End Old Town and St George in the East.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Tower Hamlets as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Tower Hamlets London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Tower Hamlets became an education authority in 1990. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.

Policies[edit]

From 1986 to 1994 the council experimented with decentralisation of services to seven neighbourhood areas.[5]

Finances[edit]

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Summary results of elections[edit]

Previous election results are as follows:

Election Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2010 Labour 8 41 1 1
2006 Labour 7 26 6 12
2002 Labour - 35 16 -
1998 Labour - 41 9 -
1994 Labour - 43 7 -
1990 Liberal Democrat - 20 30 -
1986 Liberal/S.D.P. Alliance - 24 26 -
1982 Labour - 31 18 1
1978 Labour - 43 7 -
1974 Labour - 60 - -
1971 Labour - 60 - -
1968 Labour - 57 - 3
1964 Labour - 55 - 5

List of councillors[edit]

The councillors as at 17 December 2010 are as follows:[6]

Councillor Political party Ward
Helal Uddin Abbas Labour Spitalfields and Banglatown
A M Ohid Ahmed Independent East India and Lansbury
Kabir Ahmed Independent Weavers
Khales Uddin Ahmed Labour Bromley by Bow
Rajib Ahmed Labour East India and Lansbury
Rofique Uddin Ahmed Independent Mile End and Globe Town
Shahed Ali Independent Whitechapel
Timothy Archer Conservative Blackwall and Cubitt Town
Abdul Asad Independent Whitechapel
Craig Aston Conservative Limehouse
Lutfa Begum Independent Limehouse
Mizanur Rahman Chaudhury Labour Bethnal Green South
Alibor Choudhury Independent Shadwell
Zara Emily Davis Conservative Millwall
Stephanie Eaton Liberal Democrat Bethnal Green North
David John Edgar Labour Limehouse
Marc Francis Labour Bow East
Judith Anne Gardiner Labour St. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Carlo Gibbs Labour Bethnal Green North
Peter Golds Conservative Blackwall and Cubitt Town
Shafiqul Haque Independent St. Katharine's and Wapping
Carli Harper-Penman Labour Bow East
Sirajul Islam Labour Bethnal Green South
Ann Jackson Labour Bow West
Denise Jones Labour St. Katharine's and Wapping
Emma Jones Conservative St. Katharine's and Wapping
Aminur Khan Independent Whitechapel
Anwar Khan Labour Bow West
Rabina Khan Independent Shadwell
Rania Khan Independent Bromley by Bow
Shiria Khatun Labour East India and Lansbury
Harun Miah Respect Shadwell
Maium Miah Conservative Millwall
Mohammed Abdul Mukit Labour Weavers
Ahmed Omer Labour Bow East
Lesley Pavitt Labour Bethnal Green South
Joshua Peck Labour Bow West
John Paul Pierce Labour Weavers
Fozol Miah Respect Spitalfields and Banglatown
Oliur Rahman Independent St. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Zenith Rahman Labour Bethnal Green North
Gulam Robbanni Independent Spitalfields and Banglatown
Rachael Saunders Labour Mile End East
David Snowdon Conservative Millwall
Gloria Rose Thienel Conservative Blackwall and Cubitt Town
Bill Turner Labour Mile End and Globe Town
Helal Uddin Labour Bromley by Bow
Kosru Uddin Labour Mile End East
Abdal Ullah Labour St. Dunstan's and Stepney Green
Motin Uz-Zaman Labour Mile End East
Amy Whitelock Labour Mile End and Globe Town

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