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Tower Hamlets

Respect gearing up for key by-election fight in Shadwell

24 July 2007
Around 60 Respect supporters hit the streets of Shadwell in Tower Hamlets, east London, last Saturday to campaign in what is shaping up to be a closely fought council by-election on Thursday 9 August.

Tower Hamlets housing scandal

05 June 2007
Gordon Brown and the contenders for deputy leadership of the Labour Party might be making soothing noises about council housing – but the New Labour council in Tower Hamlets, east London, is determined to press ahead with privatisation.

Tower Hamlets Homeless Persons Unit workers protest during opening of new office

22 May 2007
The opening of a new Homeless Persons Unit on Roman Road in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Monday 21 May was delayed for hours as council staff protested outside.

Eileen Short proved right to fight sacking by Tower Hamlets council

01 May 2007
Tower Hamlets council in east London has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over the case of sacked journalist Eileen Short.

Protests grow in fight for Esol English language classes

24 April 2007
Over 100 people attended the Tower Hamlets College Save Esol (English for speakers of other languages) rally, organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Wednesday of last week.

Respect group challenges cuts at emergency Tower Hamlets council meeting

17 March 2007
An emergency council meeting in Tower Hamlets, east London, on Thursday of last week showed why we need Respect councillors to oppose the neoliberal agenda of all three mainstream parties.

Tower Hamlets tenants win injunction against housing sell off

24 February 2007
Tenants on the Parkside estate in Tower Hamlets, east London, have won an injunction preventing the Labour council completing the sell-off of more than 2,000 council homes to a subsidiary of the housing association Circle Anglia.

Local government round-up

24 February 2007
Tower Hamlets Labour-led Tower Hamlets council in east London wants to cut home care and charge for it.

Minister Ruth Kelly snubs state schools the voters use

13 January 2007
Tower Hamlets in east London, the borough where Ruth Kelly lives, has 20 primary schools – six of them specialising in helping children with dyslexia.

Tenants vote no to transfer in Taunton Deane and Tower Hamlets

06 January 2007
Tenants in Taunton Deane, Somerset, are celebrating victory after defeating proposals to transfer their council houses in a ballot last month. The results of the ballot showed a clear rejection of the transfer proposals—69 percent voted no on a 69 percent turnout.


14 October 2006

Tower Hamlets tenants’ victory over housing privatisation

07 October 2006
Four estates in Tower Hamlets, east London, voted no to housing privatisation last week in a "clean sweep" that will help bury New Labour’s privatisation agenda, locally and nationally.

Respect piles up pressure on Labour in east London

23 September 2006
It is less than six months since the local elections - and already the cracks are starting to show within the New Labour group that runs Tower Hamlets council in east London.

Fighting demolition of historic Tower Hamlets school

16 September 2006
Balfour Beatty is planning to demolish a historic school building brick by brick - and then sell the bricks for £1.50 each!

Tower Hamlets Respect fury at housing Almos

12 August 2006
Housing activists in Tower Hamlets, east London, have reacted with fury to a decision by the New Labour council executive to set up an Arms Length Management Organisation (Almo) to manage its remaining council housing.

Tower Hamlets Respect councillors concern over “housing choice” ballots

05 August 2006
Respect councillors in Tower Hamlets, east London, have raised concerns over allegations of impersonation and vote manipulation during "housing choice" ballots on two council estates.

Respect – voice for workers

01 July 2006
New Labour in Tower Hamlets, east London, is running scared of the issues raised by Respect. And it has come up with a novel tactic for avoiding any kind of public accountability for its programme of neo-liberalism and privatisation.

Respect kicks out Labour leadership in Tower Hamlets

13 May 2006
Respect’s strongest result in the 4 May local council elections was in Tower Hamlets, east London, where it took 12 council seats leaving it the largest opposition group on the new council.

Fighting against Respect's exclusion from ballot

13 May 2006
Respect’s lawyers are preparing a legal challenge against Tower Hamlets council over a decision by the returning officer to exclude three Respect candidates from the ballot in St Katherine’s & Wapping ward.

Respect makes gains in local elections

06 May 2006
In the borough of Tower Hamlets in east London, one of Labour’s historic heartlands, Respect has won a significant number of seats, making it a major player in that council. Further gains are expected there and in neighbouring Newham.

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