Labour Councillors Criticise Tower Hamlets Member Allocation

Labour representatives of Tower hamlets Borough have stated that the ever growing population of the area is not having enough councillor representatives.

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman and the Boundary Commission was exposed to criticism for the belief that there is a significant discrepancy between the number of residents each councillor represents in the East End, compared to their counterparts in affluent boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea.

The Figures provided by the Boundary Commission's speak for themselves. One councillor in Tower Hamlets will be representing 4,417 residents, while in Kensington and Chelsea, an elected member will represent with 2,270 people – a near 50% difference.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said that in his view councillors provide an important service to many constituents, especially those facing difficult circumstances and not being able to afford the services of cleaners in Tower Hamlets. Therefore, cutting the number of councillors will cut that support.

06/26/13