Housing campaigner selected to contest seat vacated by councillor convicted of housing fraud

4 November 2016

James Wilson

Tower Hamlets Green Party have selected local housing campaigner James Wilson to contest the Whitechapel by-election on 1 December. The election has been called due to previous councillor Shahed Ali having been jailed for housing fraud.

James Wilson said: "I'm excited to have been selected to contest this election for the Green Party. I've been a Whitechapel resident for a little over three years and have been enthusiastic about participating in the local community. After I moved to the Berner estate I started to get involved with Tower Hamlets Homes. As a private renter, I found I wasn't being taken seriously by Tower Hamlets Homes, but I eventually helped secure places for private renters on the Residents' Panel, of which I am now a member. I am determined to increase the power of tenants and residents in Whitechapel.

I work in local government, and focus on projects that reduce people's energy bills. This is really important given that some housing in Whitechapel is so inefficient that people are forced to pay huge bills for energy - we should be helping them to save both money and energy. I'm passionate about councils providing efficient and high quality services, and I'm determined to ensure that Tower Hamlets Council delivers the level of service that Whitechapel residents deserve."

On James' selection, Tower Hamlets Green Party Chair Dan Lee said: "I'm extremely pleased that we've selected James to contest this by-election. It is particularly appropriate given that James has a strong background in standing up for tenants' rights given the previous councillor shamefully exploited housing meant for those most in need of it.

Residents in Tower Hamlets are sick being ignored and of political infighting. They are also extremely worried about services in Tower Hamlets, particularly given the huge cuts being planned. We need to elect councillors who will properly hold the Mayor and Labour to account locally. The Green Party is best placed to challenge Labour in Whitechapel. You can ensure we get the opposition we need by voting Green and electing James on 1 December."

The Green Party will be setting out a series of policies for the ward - on everything from addresing the causes of anti-social behaviour to air pollution - over the coming weeks. 

If you want to help out in the by-election, please contact office@towerhamlets.greeparty.org.uk

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