Sea Change in Tower Hamlets
Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 21st April, 2010
Harold Wilson famously said that a week is a long time in politics. And that is certainly true in this general election. The electoral mood has shifted across the country in the direction of the Liberal Democrats, and of course Tower Hamlets is not immune to the trend. On the contrary, there was a large, loud and enthusiastic formal launch of the borough’s two parliamentary candidates (Ajmal Masroor in Bethnal Green & Bow and myself in Poplar & Limehouse) and the local election manifesto in Osborn Street (Brick Lane) last night. The party locally is fielding a full slate of council candidates that is ethnically diverse, in keeping with the borough; there’s an Italian and a Lithuanian, as well as the more predictable Bengalis and Somalis. And there’s a real Clegg bounce across the place. Many voters who backed George Galloway in 2005 because of New Labour’s Iraq war are now turning in droves to the LibDems, and Labour’s vote is crumbling. In Poplar & Limehouse, there is a very interesting four-way fight, meaning that every day between now and 6 May will be crucial.