Photo ID at Tower Hamlets elections

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the Deputy Mayor for Policing's interest in the matter, can you explain why Tower Hamlets is no longer taking part in the photo ID pilot for the 2018 Local Elections? Bearing in mind the controversial history of the borough, don't you think it would be wise for Tower Hamlets to participate in this pilot to restore public confidence?


Answer for Photo ID at Tower Hamlets elections

Answer for Photo ID at Tower Hamlets elections

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Plainly there have been very serious problems with the conduct of past elections at Tower Hamlets and it is important all appropriate steps are taken to reduce the risk of fraud and instil public confidence.  The matter you raise is, however, one for Tower Hamlets' Returning Officer and not the Mayoralty.

Tower Hamlets is still part of the Pilot Review Group, learning from and advising on the pilots and any national approach.