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New Tower Hamlets Speaker elected at AGM

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New Speaker Cllr Jahed Choudhury

The borough’s new Speaker and Deputy have been confirmed following the Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place at the new Whitechapel Town Hall on Wednesday 17 May 2023.

Cllr Jahed Choudhury, who represents Lansbury ward was elected as the borough’s new Speaker. The new Deputy Speaker is Cllr Saif Uddin Khaled, who is a councillor for the Bromley North ward.

Speaking in the council chamber after his election, the new Speaker said: “It is an honour to know that colleagues are placing their faith in me to be an ambassador for Tower Hamlets, a place I’ve called my home for 40 years, and I’m really proud to live here.

He added: “Today I stand before you as the newly elected Speaker of Tower Hamlets, humbled and grateful for the faith you have placed in me, thank you very much.”

Speaker Choudhury has confirmed that his chosen charities for the year ahead will be St Joseph’s Hospice and Eden Care, charities that provide compassionate care and support for people with life limiting illness.

At the AGM Mayor Lutfur Rahman and councillors from all parties gave their own tributes to the outgoing Speaker, Cllr Shafi Ahmed.

There was also confirmation on some changes to current cabinet portfolios and chairs of a number of key council committees.

There have been two changes to the current Cabinet. Cllr Abu Talha Chowdhury, who previously served as Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, is now the lead member for Safer Communities. Cllr Abdul Wahid joins the Cabinet as lead member for Jobs, Skills and Growth.

The updated cabinet portfolios and lead members are:

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

Resources and the Cost of Living - Cllr Saied Ahmed

Regeneration, Inclusive Development and Housebuilding - Cllr Kabir Ahmed

Environment and the Climate Emergency - Cllr Kabir Hussain

Health, Wellbeing and Social Care - Cllr Gulam Kibria Choudhury

Jobs, Skills and Growth - Cllr Abdul Wahid

Equalities and Social Inclusion - Cllr Suluk Ahmed

Safer Communities - Cllr Abu Talha Choudhury

Culture and Recreation - Cllr Iqbal Hossain

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

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Cllr Musthak Ahmed

Development Committee - Cllr Kamrul Hussain 

Strategic Development Committee - Cllr Amin Rahman

General Purposes Committee - Cllr Shafi Ahmed

Audit Committee – Cllr Harun Miah

Pensions Committee - Cllr Ahmodul Kabir

Licensing Committee - Cllr Ana Miah

Human Resources Committee - Cllr Bellal Uddin

Posted on Friday 19th May 2023