Protests organised by the Newham People’s Alliance pressure group outside Newham Town Hall on Friday provoked strong opinions from the community.
Here to read in full are statements from both sides of the issue defending their positions.
Statement from the Newham People’s Alliance:
“The Newham People’s Alliance, represented most recently through the 2,000 who occupied East Ham Town Hall on February 1, are a non-partisan muti-faith, multi-party pressure group formed to compel those in power into dialogue with the ordinary people of Newham who have heretofore been sidelined.
“We represent the working class majority who have been neglected by a mayor busy empire building at the expense of the most deprived and vulnerable people in his borough.
“Our message is clear: that the Mayor we supported for the best part of two decades, Robin Wales, has lost his way; and the absolute council he presides over is now absolutely disconnected from the ordinary people who live here.