Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales is happy to carry on working for the borough

PUBLISHED: 10:22 07 December 2016

Comments made by the Mayor of Newham were said to be

Comments made by the Mayor of Newham were said to be "racist".

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This week, the branches, unions and affiliated organisations that make up the Newham Labour Party voted that I should be their candidate in the next election to be Mayor.

I sympathise with those who would have preferred a different process, but the national Labour Party sets the rules agreed by Labour’s annual conference, and with the party on election alert preparing for an early General Election I can understand why a majority preferred to avoid the selection process dragging on.

I am now looking forward, in 18 months time, to putting my record and my vision to the people of Newham to decide at the election. I will be talking to people across the Newham Labour Party, the wider Labour movement and residents and community groups to ensure the programme we put forward for the 2018 elections builds on our successes and sets out a vision for the next few years that we can unite around to continue to build a better borough for the people of Newham.

In the meantime, the day-to-day work goes on, and my team and I are as committed as ever to improving services and making a difference to Newham residents.

Next week, Newham’s Cabinet (which I chair) will discuss the next steps for the much-needed improvements to the Carpenters Estate in Stratford and proposals for next year’s council budget. Despite the vicious cuts imposed on us by the Tory government, we will continue to protect frontline services and keep council tax low.

I will be welcoming Deputy Mayor of London James Murray to Newham, to show him the impact of our licensing scheme in clamping down on slum landlords, and to discuss how Sadiq Khan’s new affordable housing programme will work in Newham.

I will also be popping into just a few of the hundreds of events organised by our Community Neighbourhoods over the holiday period, and helping deliver Christmas hampers to older folk in the borough. However, you spend the holidays, I hope you and your family have a peaceful break, and wish you a very happy 2017. More from Sir Robin

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