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New Speaker and Cabinet confirmed at Council AGM

Mayor Lutfur Rahman addresses the May 25 Council AGM next to Council chief executive Will Tuckley and new Speaker Cllr Shafi Ahmed

Mayor Rahman speaking at the AGM

The borough’s new Speaker and Deputy, Cabinet members and key Committee chairs have been confirmed following the Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place at the Town Hall on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Councillor Shafi Ahmed, who represents the Whitechapel ward, was elected as the borough’s new Speaker.

He said: “I’m so proud to have been elected to serve as the borough’s first citizen and look forward to meeting people and organisations across Tower Hamlets in the year ahead. Despite the tough times that many of our residents are facing, we have to remember that we live in an amazing borough, and I look forward to being able to shine a light on what makes Tower Hamlets such a great place to live.”

The Speaker has chosen to support young people with autism as the theme for his official charity and will shortly confirm which organisation will become his official Speaker charity.

Councillor Harun Miah, who represents the Shadwell ward, was elected as Deputy Speaker for the year ahead.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman also formally announced the names of the nine councillors who will serve in his new Cabinet, including the new Deputy Mayor, Maium Talukdar, and the areas that they will be leading on.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “I’m delighted to confirm my new Cabinet and Deputy Mayor and look forward to working alongside my executive team to deliver on the pledges we have made to the people of the borough. I would also like to congratulate our new Speaker and Deputy Speaker on their election and I know that they will do a great job in representing Tower Hamlets across the borough, and the wider world.”

The new Cabinet portfolios and lead members are:

Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning - Councillor Maium Talukdar

Resources and the Cost of Living - Councillor Saied Ahmed

Regeneration, Inclusive Development and Housebuilding - Councillor Kabir Ahmed

Safer Communities - Councillor Ohid Ahmed

Environment and the Climate Emergency - Councillor Kabir Hussain

Health, Wellbeing and Social Care - Councillor Gulam Kibria Choudhury

Jobs, Skills and Growth - Councillor Abu Talha Chowdhury

Equalities and Social Inclusion - Councillor Suluk Ahmed

Culture and Recreation - Councillor Iqbal Hossain


The Chairs of a number of key committees are also confirmed:

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Councillor Musthak Ahmed

Development Committee - Councillor Abdul Wahid

Strategic Development Committee - Councillor Amin Rahman

General Purposes Committee - Councillor Saif Uddin Khaled

Audit Committee – Councillor Abdul Malik

Pensions Committee - Councillor Belal Uddin

Licensing Committee - Councillor Kamrul Hussain

Posted on Friday 27th May 2022