Like most of you I don’t “do miserable” and I’ve been itching to start the fight back. Local Government has always been Lib Dem territory because we believe in communities and remain aghast at how badly so many are served by their local governments. So when I got a chance to support Elaine Bagshaw in launching her campaign for Mayor of Tower Hamlets I jumped at it. Of all the places that need effective local Government focussed on people, listening to people and functioning with integrity, Tower Hamlets must be near the top of the list. As Elaine says, it’s a largely deprived community in the shadow of the extra-ordinary wealth of the City of London.
Elaine has lived in the area for years so she knows Tower Hamlets’ issues like the back of her hand. But what I also love is that Elaine is part of the new generation who will now take over our party. I don’t mean just new as in young, though that is true of many, but also the flood of new members of all ages who are joining with such a sense of purpose and with a vision of the future. Old warhorses like me can provide the back-up but one silver lining of a bad defeat is that a natural passing of the baton takes place. And goodness those folk did turn out at Elaine’s launch, at least 50 of them, all ready to spend the day on the doorsteps.
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