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Sad news - The death of Councillor John Pierce

Following the sad news of the death of Councillor Pierce, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and Speaker of the Council, Cllr Mohammed Ahbab Hossain have released a statement:

‘’It is with great sadness we have shocking news about John Pierce, who has passed away. It is hard to comprehend this news and we know you will all be deeply shocked.

We all know that John was a deeply committed local councillor, as well as a greatly caring person. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and we ask that everyone respects their privacy.’’

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and Speaker of the Council, Cllr Mohammed Ahbab Hossain.

Councillor Pierce was first elected to the council to represent Weavers Ward at a by-election on 3 May 2012. He continued to represent the same ward since then and held a number of official roles including Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and most recently Chair of Strategic Development Committee.

Message from Will Tuckley, Chief Executive

I am very shocked and sad to hear this news and know this will be particularly upsetting for those who knew and worked alongside Councillor Pierce. John was passionate about Weavers ward and improving life for residents, including strong advocacy over anti-social behaviour. He was one of those who’s worked resulted in the local neighborhood management pilot in the west of the borough. He was very knowledgeable about housing and served on the board of THH, championing improvement. As chair of O&S he managed the relationship between scrutiny and the executive with great skill, experience that he then took into the field of strategic development. We will greatly miss his love of Tower Hamlets, his conviction, dedication and humour. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.


We will be flying the flag at half-mast at the Town Hall on the day of his funeral, and an online book of tributes is available.

cllr John Pierce

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Posted on Thursday 17th June 2021