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Bullying, Racism, Dictatorship and Arrogance: Tower Hamlets Labour plunges into a ‘fresh crisis’!

Whittome Takes JF to Task

Anti-Corbyn Tower Hamlet Labour Party Mayor Biggs has been publicly accused of bullying, dictatorship & arrogance by his female Labour Councillor, colleague & former Deputy Mayor. Baroness Paula Uddin – Mr Biggs’s deputy some 20 years ago – also had previously made damning comments about him.

The shocking revelations came to light after the Tower Hamlets Labour candidate in Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, was accused of using ‘racist’ remarks but the party has failed to take any action so far.

Calls are growing that Tower Hamlets Labour Mayor Biggs and its parliamentary candidate must be suspended – like Ken Livingstone – until a full and proper independent investigation takes place. Many residents say that National Labour must act decisively and urgently before it’s too late.

Despite the unprecedented public uproar and serious concerns from the local party members about these damaging incidents, neither Mayor Biggs nor the parliamentary candidate Jim Fitzpatrick, have issued any public statement, rebuttal or clarifications.

WTP had requested both Mayor John Biggs and Mr Jim Fitzpatrick for their responses but no reply was received at the time of publication of this article.

Anti Corbyn Tower Hamlets Labour Party was ‘trying unsuccessfully to ride out the storm’ after being plunged into ‘a fresh crisis’ over grave allegations of bullying, dictatorship, lack of regard for its party procedures, failure to consult and for arrogant behaviour.

Sharia Khatun, a sitting female Labour councillor and a colleague of Mayor Biggs, who served as his Cabinet Member and Deputy Mayor has made serious allegations with a comprehensive account of events causing Tower Hamlet Labour Mayor John Biggs, together with a thinly veiled attack on the Labour’s Executive Committee in Tower Hamlets.

In a scathing and shocking public interview, Cllr Khatun took the lid off the inside dealings of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party and its ‘dictator’ Mayor, John Biggs. The key allegations are:

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, there’s a clear pattern here.


A loyal supporter of Mayor Biggs, Jim Fitzpatrick, who is currently a Tower Hamlets Labour party’s parliamentary candidate in Poplar and Limehouse constituency, branded the internal democratic challenge in the party as “Same old, same old worst of Bengali politics” insinuating that all those party members who support a democratic challenge as prescribed legitimately in the Party Rule Book were British Bangladeshis.


This carefully orchestrated propaganda was not only factually incorrect but deliberately misleading based on evidence at party branch meetings where a cross-section of members, including a significant number of non-Bangladeshi left-wing members, openly supported the democratic challenge to have their say.


Critics say that this remark by Jim Fitzpatrick was a calculated attempt by Mr Fitzpatrick and Anti-Corbyn Tower Hamlets Labour hierarchy which includes Mayor Biggs to shore up the support and sympathy from their right-wing members and a section of the media, something they undertake before key elections and events to provoke white versus non-white debate – with unfortunate Islamophobic undertones in Mr Fitzpatrick’s case – which helps them consolidate their core right-wing voters against any legitimate democratic challenge or opposition.

Mayor Biggs lost 50% of the popular vote among the grassroots – Labour Party Wards and Branches – but narrowly survived with help from the party affiliates amidst serious allegations of wrongdoing.


This is yet another blow to the beleaguered Labour Party in Tower Hamlets that has systematically crushed the democratic wishes and uprising of its members who feel let down by the performance of Mayor Biggs and its local MPs, its collusion with the local Tories, and are against the iron-grip of the right-wing elements in the local party.

Tower Hamlets Labour has been under ‘special measures for a quarter of the century’ so the local members do not have a ‘democratic say in their party affairs.


This is not the first time and may not be the last that the Tower Hamlets Labour party has been under the microscope for the wrong reasons because the national Labour Party has failed to act decisively. The Party’s NEC and the leadership have been too scared and timid in dealing with various claims of racism, plotting, bullying and harassment – some belief due to strong propaganda and lobbying by local Anti-Corbyn MPs, now candidates for the general election on June 8th, and its key local office bearers but others claim it’s because Labour fears the consequences.


Jim Fitzpatrick, Party’s candidate for Poplar and Limehouse on 8 June and has been a Labour MP for 20 years, chose to make openly racist remarks but shockingly nothing was done, yet he is seeking re-election on a Labour ticket.

Remember what happened to Ken Livingstone for making an academic comment about the Nazis and Jewish people. Would Jim Fitzpatrick have gotten away with such remarks if he’d made them about our well-respected Jewish community?

Even the Tories nationally did not tolerate such unacceptable behaviour, from one of their councillors, and suspended him from the Party when he used racist language against the Irish community recently. Some local brave souls pointed this incident out, wrote to the Labour party, spoke out at the Party’s GC meeting – only one decent Labour Party colleague outside of London publicly took Jim Fitzpatrick to task and you can read her response below.

Whittome Takes JF to Task


Imagine if these comments were made by a white female councillor against an ethnic minority/BAME or a Muslim or Jewish councillor, will the Labour hierarchy and media act as is the case now – ‘do nothing’ about these serious allegations?

The silence is deafening.

But the question is, why?

Bullying, harassment, intimidation, cronyism and discrimination should have no place in our society – let alone in the Labour Party and this surely must upset ordinary and decent Labour party members who ought to demand answers.

In Tower Hamlets Labour Party, these questions seem to have been hidden under the carpet for far too long. Baroness Paula Uddin had made damning comments about her time as Mayor Biggs’s Deputy Leader, which begs the question, does Mr Biggs has a problem with the female politicians of colour who refuse to take orders from him? What is the truth, do people not deserve to know?
Considering Mr Fitzpatrick’s ‘racist’ remarks and now that the former Deputy Mayor, Cllr Shiria Khatun, has revealed these allegations in a public video interview – in the absence of any rebuttals, action or clarifications from the Labour Party – many viewers and residents would not be wrong to conclude that institutional bullying and racism is still rife unabated in Tower Hamlet Labour party.


The recent incidents remind us, yet again, how the once treasured Labour brand and its mandate are being tarnished in the historic East End by vested interests while certain right-wing Labour party members and politicians are being protected by a powerful clique even though they abuse and use the Labour rose for their benefits.

Enough is enough.

We have not even analysed Tower Hamlets Labour’s policy choices, budget cuts, broken promises and systematic collusion with the Tories in this piece which provide a compelling case that they have consistently acted against true Labour values and campaigned against its leader Jeremy Corbyn. No wonder more and more people now believe that, in Tower Hamlets, a vote for Labour is a vote for Tories due to the influence the Tories wield over the Labour Mayor Biggs because he came to power with their votes in 2015, local party’s behaviour, Mayor Biggs’s policy choices and the brutal cuts.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs and its parliamentary candidate for Poplar and Limehouse must come clean.

Most critically, Labour Party’s national leadership must urgently respond to these hugely serious allegations to reassure residents and Labour Party members that ‘racism’ and ‘bullying’ has no place in Labour Party.

Labour Party must act decisively before the matters reach a point of no return.


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