Details of Aspire Party candidates below is taken from campaign leaflets. All candidates are Bangladeshi males apart from one Bangladeshi female candidate in Limehouse ward.
Lutfur Rahman is not running to be a councillor and has yet to declare his candidacy to be Directly-Elected Mayor.
Anyone who has any personal biographical information on any of the candidates please send it to email@example.com.
|Bethnal Green||Aspire||Ahmodul Kabir|
|Bethnal Green||Aspire||Nurul Gaffer|
|Bethnal Green||Aspire||Syed Hasan Abdullah|
|Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Aspire||Abdul Malik|
|Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Aspire||Bellal Uddin|
|Blackwall & Cubitt Town||Aspire||Ahmodur Rahman Khan|
|Bow West||Aspire||Junu Ali|
|Bow West||Aspire||Ripon Ali|
|Bromley North||Aspire||Abdul Mannan Nazrul|
|Bromley North||Aspire||Saif Uddin Khaled|
|Canary Wharf||Aspire||Saied Ahmed|
|Canary Wharf||Aspire||Maim Talukdar|
|Island Gardens||Aspire||Sadiqur Rahman|
|Island Gardens||Aspire||Syed Shofor Ali|
|Limehouse||Aspire||Atia Begom Jorna|
|Mile End||Aspire||Haji Habib|
|Mile End||Aspire||Azad Miah|
|Mile End||Aspire||Helal Miah|
|St. Dunstans||Aspire||Juned Khan|
|St. Dunstans||Aspire||Nazir Ahmed|
|St. Peter’s||Aspire||Amin Rahman|
|St. Peter’s||Aspire||Abu Talha Chowdhury|
|St. Peter’s||Aspire||Musthak Ahmed|
|SKD & Wapping||Aspire||Abulkashem Helal|
|SKD & Wapping||Aspire||Khayrul Hasan|
Every Aspire Party candidate is Bangladeshi. This fact alone is a condemnation of both the Aspire Party and local politics in Tower Hamlets.
Not only is Aspire not representative of the population of Tower Hamlets it is not even a representation of the Bangladeshi population.
This candidate list is a gift to the fascist thugs who still pander to the racist beliefs of their groups. These people will argue that if one party can field exclusively candidates of Bangladeshi heritage then they cannot be criticised for fielding exclusively white candidates of ‘English’ heritage (whatever English means).
The East End is diverse and always will be
Last time we went to the shops the population of the borough is not 100% Bangladeshi. It is diverse. It is the East End.
The Bangladeshi population makes up around one third (32 percent) of the population, the rest of us are the usual wild, wacky and mundane mix of people from all over the planet, which is Tower Hamlets main selling point.
There are no Somali candidates. There are no West Indian candidates. There are no European candidates. There are no Commonwealth candidates. As far as we are aware there are no candidates from the LGBTQ+ community, but we would be extremely surprised if there were.
The Aspire Party has been approached for comment and we will update this story when we receive this.
The reason why the Enquirer would be surprised if there are any Aspire candidates who identify as LGBTQ+ is because this candidate list is not designed for the population of Tower Hamlets.
It is not even designed for the Bangladeshi population of Tower Hamlets.
It is designed for ‘the uncles’, the elderly very conservative (small c) Bangladeshi men who wield power in their communities and seem to still control its politics.
The Aspire Party candidate line-up is dangerous for the simple reason that by fielding candidates of one specific ethnic background there is the unspoken assumption that there is a need for the Bangladeshi population in Tower Hamlets to have its own political party which will look after the needs of Bangladeshis.
The need for one part of the population to have its own political party is not something this author has heard in eight years of analysing the web of corruption that passes for local politics in this borough.
This is probably because there is no need. But Aspire seem not to realise that.
So what is the next step on this particular path? Each demographic gets its own party and only members of that demographic can become councillors? And then each party decides that only residents who are of the same ethnicity can join the party?
That way lies damnation.
A blatant rejection of diversity
History proves that the argument that a party that fields exclusively Bangladeshi candidates can govern for the rest of the Tower Hamlets population is false.
Lutfur Rahman, leader of the Aspire Party, was found guilty at the end of the electoral petition in 2015 for a multitude of offences including ensuring that Tower Hamlets grants went to wards that were loyal to him.
Those residents who lived in wards that were not loyal to Rahman, wards that were not predominantly Bangladeshi, were intentionally deprived of council grants.
It is safe to assume that all of the Aspire Party candidates listed above fully endorse the leader of their party.
So it is safe for Tower Hamlets voters to assume that if Aspire control the council their primary interest will be the 32% of residents that are Bangladeshi.
The needs of the rest of the population will not be of concern to them because they did not vote Aspire.
This goes against the most basic principles of democracy and all fair-minded people should reject it at the ballot box.
There is no place in the East End for a political party that blatantly rejects diversity.
Ethnicity in Tower Hamlets
The facts and figures below are taken directly from Ethnicity in Tower Hamlets Analysis of 2011 Census data
- Two thirds (69 per cent) of the population belong to minority ethnic groups (ie not White British)
- 55 percent belong to BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups
- 14 percent are from White minority groups
- Census data covers 18 different ethnic group populations
- The borough’s three largest groups are the Bangladeshi, White British and ‘Other White’ populations
- People from these three ethnic groups make up around three-quarters of the Tower Hamlets population
- The Bangladeshi population makes up almost one third (32 per cent) of the borough’s population
- This is the largest Bangladeshi population in England
- White British residents comprise 31 percent of the borough’s population, far lower than the 80 percentage nationally
- Tower Hamlets has the fifth lowest proportion of White British residents in England.
- The third largest ethnic group in the borough is the ‘Other White’ group who comprise one in eight borough residents, close to the London average
- The ‘Other White’ group is very diverse and includes residents from a mix of ethnic backgrounds (eg Europeans, Australians, Americans)