LibLink: Interview with Lib Dem Tower Hamlets’ mayoral candidate John Griffiths

Over at Dave Hill’s London Blog on the Guardian website, there’s a candid and in-depth interview with John Griffiths, the Lib Dems’ candidate in the contest to become the directly elected Mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Here’s an excerpt:

… Griffiths knows what he’d do if he won. “The main function the mayor has to perform is to be an advocate, a champion, for the borough,” he says. “In the present situation, with a government of a different political hue from that of the [Labour-dominated] Council, it’s critical that there’s someone there who can really stand up for the borough and have the ear of ministers. We could be isolated at a very critical point. It’s been described as possibly the most difficult job in London for whoever gets it, in terms of minimising the impact of the inevitable cuts. I think the mayor will be judged in terms of not letting the situation getting any worse.”

He’d freeze the Council Tax, but explore ways of raising revenue elsewhere. “The coalition is interested in is freeing up local authorities in terms of what they can do with business rates. Tower Hamlets is actually one of the wealthiest boroughs in London when you look at our business base – Canary Wharf and so on. The long term residents of Tower Hamlets deserve more from the Docklands development.”

You can read the interview in full here.

And you can find out more about John Griffiths, and how you can help the Lib Dem campaign, here.

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in LibLink.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • Michael BG
    Simon R The restraints on government spending are not the amount they can borrow but the amount they should spend. It is too much money chasing too few goods...
  • Simon R
    Great to see the practical suggestions in this article, both for how to get more people and women from ethnic minorities involved in politics, and to get more p...
  • Simon R
    @Nonconformistradical: Sure, and you need to make sure the system being used is accurate. That's the responsibility of the developers of the system, working wit...
  • George Thomas
    New Zealand deal is worth between -.01 and +0.1 to the economy and puts farmers across the UK at a disadvantage which is especially worrying in places such as N...
  • Jeff
    Roland 21st Oct '21 - 7:34pm: …with the current downward pressure on oil consumption, we can expect there to be a glut of oil in the world market i...