A succession of Tower Hamlets residents lined up to hammer home the message that the Labour group on the Council was failing. Local resident, Mark, from the Parkview Estate community centre, the Glasshouse, presented a petition asking for funding from the Council to help them stay open, having missed the deadline due to the Treasurer sadly passing away. Labour's response was they missed the deadline, so that is it. All they will do is to identify other areas of funding - that has been promised for some time, nothing is forthcoming, and the bills are mounting up.
Local mothers presented a petition about the fried chicken shop on Ben Johnson Road, which has an effect on anti-social behaviour, as well as childhood obesity issues. The ladies did a fantastic job presenting their petition, although were clearly nervous about standing up in front of the public. What did Labour do? Talk across them and not show them the respect they deserved.
And local Isle of Dogs resident, Gloria Thienel, presented a petition about resurfacing Stebondale Sreet, which has been neglected by Labour. Councillor Ullah (Cleaner, Greener, Safer) didn't even listen to the name of the street, and misunderstood that it needed resurfacing not repairing.
Sadly they all had one thing in common, the fact that Labour had failed, and the fact that Labour Councillors seem to think it not serious enough to listen to the residents. The patronising response of some Labour Councillors was truly shocking.
However the main momemnt of desperation came as Labour's whip, Rachel Saunders, rushed after Gloria inviting her to join the Labour party and stand for them. Once again East End resident, Gloria, gave Labour what for, and expressed her disgust.
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