Newham: Campaigners for referendum to change borough Mayor system say they’ve hit petition target

Campaigners seeking to change Newham’s mayoral system of local government say they have secured the number of supporters required to force a local referendum on the issue and will present a petition of over 11,000 signatures to the council shortly. In a press release, organisers of what they call the Newham People’s Petition say they […]

Newham: Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz to create commission that could lead to end of mayoral system

The Mayor of Newham is to propose new mechanisms for involving her borough’s residents in council decision-making and exploring holding a referendum on whether the mayoral system itself should be abolished. Rokhsana Fiaz, who succeeded her long standing fellow Labour politician Sir Wales as borough Mayor in May, will on Monday seek councillors’ formal support […]

Newham: Labour retain Boleyn ward with big by-election majority

The association of a part of East Ham with the name of Anne Boleyn derives from a long-demolished stately home that was correctly known as Green Street House but often referred to as Boleyn Castle, on the basis of a tenuous link with the Boleyn family (the dates appear not to add up to any […]

Rokhsana Fiaz defeats Sir Robin Wales to become Labour candidate for Newham Mayor

Long-serving Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales has been defeated in a Labour Party selection contest that will almost certainly see him succeeded by London’s first female directly elected mayor in May. Sir Robin, 63, lost a one-member, one-vote contest against his challenger Rokhsana Fiaz, 47, by 861 votes to 503, which means that in seven […]

Labour’s Newham mayor contest too close to call, both sides say

The outcome of the contest between Sir Robin Wales and Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz to become Labour’s mayoral candidate in Newham will end on Friday lunchtime and effectively decide who bosses the borough for the next four years, such is Labour’s dominance there. Sources in both camps tell me the outcome is too close to call. They […]

Q&A: Newham Labour mayoral hopeful Rokhsana Fiaz on gentrification, community involvement and Sir Robin Wales

Rokhsana Fiaz has been a Labour councillor for Custom House ward in the south of Newham since 2014. Aged 47, she was shortlisted yesterday for her party’s mayoral candidate selection contest and is the sole challenger to incumbent mayor Sir Robin Wales. We met at her family home in Forest Gate last Friday. Question: I don’t […]

Labour Newham mayor hopeful Rokhsana Fiaz pledges referendum on mayoral system

The mayoral system in Newham could be brought to an end under proposals to be announced by local councillor Rohksana Fiaz as she launches her campaign to replace long-serving incumbent Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate for May’s mayoral election. Fiaz, who was shortlisted yesterday as the sole challenger to Sir Robin in a forthcoming candidate selection contest, […]

Q&A: Sir Robin Wales on his record, the ‘trigger ballot’ saga and why he deserves a fifth term as Newham Mayor

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales is long serving local authority leader in a part of East London undergoing massive change. He now faces a re-selection contest after a controversial “trigger ballot” outcome was nullified. Such is Labour’s dominance across Newham that whoever wins the selection vote will almost certainly be elected Mayor in May. I […]