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Mike Tuffrey Launches JohnG4Mayor

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 11th September, 2010

John Griffiths’s campaign as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Tower Hamlets Mayoralty was launched this afternoon at a restaurant in Oborn Street (Brick Lane), with London Assembly Member Mike Tuffrey as guest speaker. Mike pointed out that Tower Hamlets is the second most deprived borough in London and the third most deprived in the country. Child poverty is the worst in Britain. This is despite the fact that Tower Hamlets is on the edge of the City and houses Canary Wharf. Mike also took the opportunity to flag up his campaign to improve London’s air quality, which is a major cause of asthma and other health problems. John Griffths himself said that one element of his ‘JohnG4Mayor’ campaign will be to pass power down to local communities such as Shoreditch and Wapping, rather than keeping it all in one person’s hands. A key plank of the old Liberal administration’s policies in the borough 20-odd years ago was a substantial degree of devolution to neighbourhoods — something which Labour immediately abolished once it regained control. The new Mayor will oversee a budget in the region of £1.2billion, which means that scrutiny is going to be extremely important whoever wins, especially in a borough notorious for unconventional practices.

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