On May 6, alongside the London mayoral and assembly elections, there will be a referendum in Tower Hamlets on how the council is run.
Rushanara Ali MP said:
"This is an opportunity to change the current system of a directly elected Mayor to a leader and cabinet system of government.
The current system concentrates power in the hands of one person. The system of a leader and cabinet model would be much more democratic. It would be more inclusive, and it would allow your local ward Councillors that you directly elect the opportunity to have a greater say in how decisions are made.
I believe it would be far better for us to change the current system of running the council from a mayoral system to a leader and cabinet style of government for our borough.
I hope on May 6, you will vote for the second option on the ballot paper which is for the leader and cabinet model of government."