Newham: Labour members prepare legal challenge to re-selection of mayoral candidate

The Labour Party could face legal action over its re-selection of Rokhsana Fiaz to seek a second term as the borough’s Mayor and its alleged failure to address complaints about her made by Newham councillors and other party members since her election in 2018. Funds are being raised to pay for a “pre-action letter” to […]

Newham: Labour resignations on all sides with Fiaz set fair for second term as Mayor

Rokhsana Fiaz’s re-selection as Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Newham last week almost guarantees  her a second term in power at the election of 5 May. But if her path to victory in the Labour stronghold east London borough now appears smooth, the background local politics could hardly be more turbulent. The very method by […]

Newham: Rokhsana Fiaz reselected as Labour mayoral candidate

UPDATE 18:45 – Labour’s London region has informed Newham members that Rokhsana Fiaz has been reselected as the borough’s mayoral candidate. See email below: Original article With only three months to go until the borough elections, Labour is still in the process of choosing its candidate for Mayor of Newham. Given the party’s overwhelming political […]

Voters in Newham and Tower Hamlets decide to keep their directly-elected Mayors

Governance referendums in the east London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets have resulted in voters of both choosing to retain their directly-elected Mayor (DEM) systems of local government rather than adopt a more conventional model instead. In plebiscites that took place on Thursday 6 May, the same day as the elections for London Mayor […]

Joshua Neicho: Newham is retaining its free school meals scheme but borough budget pressures haven’t gone away

Last week, Newham Council formally reaffirmed its commitment to its £6 million universal free school meals (UFSM) scheme, Eat for Free, after an outcry against proposals for reducing its cost by asking parents to make a contribution.  Local MPs, food poverty campaigners and petition signatories had already expressed relief following Newham Mayor Rokshana Fiaz announcing that […]

Newham: Councillors rebel against Mayor over emission-based parking permit scheme

Thirty Newham councillors, more than half the current total number, have signed an open letter calling on the borough’s Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz to reconsider a new emission-based parking permit scheme introduced yesterday. The councillors say their inboxes have been “overwhelmed” by concerns about the charge and note that the council’s own consultations have shown a […]

Newham: What’s going on with the Mayor and the fight against Labour antisemitism?

In early 2018, Newham’s long-standing Labour Mayor Sir Robin Wales was denied the near-certainty of four more years in the job when a coalition of Labour members decided he’d already been in post too long and taken too much control of the levers of municipal power. Sir Robin was deselected as the party’s candidate for […]

Newham: Council decides choices for May 2021 governance referendum

Newham Councillors have voted to give residents a choice between retaining the current directly-elected Mayor (DEM) model of local government or replacing it with a Committee System, under which decision-making powers are spread more widely among councillors, who also chose the council leader. The decision, taken on Wednesday at a full meeting of the Council, […]