John Biggs (politician)

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John Biggs
John Biggs Labour politician London.jpg
Biggs speaking following his 2008 election
Member of the London Assembly
for City and East
Assumed office
4 May 2000
Preceded by New constituency
Majority 82,744
Personal details
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Residence Stepney
Alma mater University of Bristol
Birkbeck, University of London
University of Westminster

John Biggs (born 19 November 1957) is a Labour and Co-operative Party politician and member of the London Assembly representing the City and East constituency. He is a former leader of Tower Hamlets Borough Council, and ran for Mayor of Tower Hamlets in the 2014 elections, challenging the incumbent Lutfur Rahman.

He was first elected to the London Assembly in 2000 and retained his seat in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He also formerly led Tower Hamlets council before directly elected mayors were introduced. Biggs has worked as a financial analyst in the City of London, and as director of a political pressure group. He has previously studied Chemistry, Computer Science and Law.[1]

He was the Labour candidate for directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2014, receiving backing from Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.[2] Livingstone supported incumbent Lutfur Rahman in 2010, but shifted his support to Biggs after an investigation into allegations of "mismanagement and fraud" by the current mayor's team at the council.[3] Biggs came second in the election to Rahman.[4]


  1. ^ Biggs, John. "About John Biggs". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Virtue, Rob (9 April 2014). "Ken Livingstone backs John Biggs in Tower Hamlets mayoral vote". The Wharf. Retrieved 13 April 2014. John's represented the most diverse constituency in Britain with integrity. He worked with me for the eight years I was Mayor, throughout which I was impressed with his honesty, competence and ability to unite communities. I'm endorsing John Biggs for Mayor of Tower Hamlets. 
  3. ^ Barnett, Adam (9 April 2014). "Ken Livingstone backing Labour’s John Biggs for Tower Hamlets Mayor". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 13 April 2014. The announcement comes after a team of government-appointed auditors visited the Town Hall on Friday to launch an investigation into allegations of “mismanagement and fraud” at the council. 
  4. ^ "Election results for Tower Hamlets: Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election - Thursday, 22nd May, 2014". Tower Hamlets. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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