Welcome to my April to June Mayor’s Report.
The past couple of months have been dominated by a series of tragic events that have had a significant impact on the country, London and Hackney. The four terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park as well as and the dreadful fire at Grenfell Tower have affected us all and they continue to have an impact on Hackney (more info towards the end of my report). Our thoughts remain with those that lost their lives, the families left behind especially those who knew Hackney resident James McMullen murdered at London Bridge, and the survivors who are slowly rebuilding their lives. I pay tribute to the emergency services and others who have rushed immediately to help and assist those affected. The Council has joined in the national mourning, coordinated our community response, worked with the police to keep Hackney safe and we continue to respond to the challenges raised by these awful events.
We also had a General Election where Labour members from across Hackney made an incredible contribution as individuals, joined me as part of #HackneyonTour and in re-electing our fantastic MPs Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier with such big majorities and winning so many marginal seats across London. As the Queen’s Speech yesterday showed the Tories have no mandate, a weak Prime Minister and are out of ideas, we must continue to keep up the pressure on the issues that matter to Hackney and support Jeremy and the shadow front bench as they hold the Tories to account.
To finish on a positive note, last week weekend we saw an incredible turnout across the borough for #MoreinCommon events in memory of Jo Cox. I attended six, including Hackney North’s picnic, together they showed Hackney at our very best and I’d like to thank everyone who took part.