Questions to the
Read the answers to some of the
most regular questions below.
If you wish to raise a specific issue please
see the 'Contact
the Mayor' page.
How can I meet the Mayor?
I make sure there are lots of opportunities to meet me in person.
Please see the 'Meet
the Mayor' page for further details.
Can the Mayor attend my event?
I try to attend as many local events as my diary allows. If you
want to invite me to your event
please fill in our invitation e-form.
What is the difference between a Council Leader and a
Directly Elected Mayor?
As Mayor of Newham I am also the leader of the council. As Mayor I
have executive authority, which means I make the decisions about
how the council is run, rather than councillors taking decisions in
committees. That means the council has clear and accountable
leadership: I take the decisions and I take the
The job of Mayor goes beyond delivering the council's services.
Because I'm directly elected I have a mandate to speak up for
Newham on a wider stage. That means I've spent a lot of time
pushing our interests with government, negotiating with businesses
and of course, campaigning to bring the Olympics to Newham. For
further information on what I do
please see the 'Role of the
Mayor' page on this website.
How do you make decisions?
The key to making good decisions is listening to all points of
view. I work closely with my team of councillors to channel their
views into the decisions I make, especially those that affect the
wards that they represent. I have a number of councillors who are
Cabinet Members and Executive Members. These councillors aid me in
their particular areas of responsibility; for example in dealing
with anti-social behaviour, housing provision or local
The people I listen most carefully to when making decisions are
the residents of Newham. I run loads of events where people have
the chance to meet me and tell me what needs to be done and what
their priorities are. I accept many invitations every month to
visit schools, businesses, community groups where you can put your
point of view to me.
What is your vision for Newham over the next few
The council and I have a very clear vision for Newham, we want it
to be a place where people choose to live and work and stay. This
encompasses the borough being clean and safe, people having job
opportunities and being healthy, everyone having access to good
education and so on. This is obviously a huge task, and this vision
influences everything the council and I do.
What changes will the Olympics bring to Newham?
I was very involved in the Bid that bought London the 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games, but I remain concerned that the legacy they
bring must directly benefit the residents of Newham. The Olympics
will bring a lot of physical changes to our Borough - the majority
of the new Olympic and Paralympic facilities, including the main
stadium, swimming pools, and the athlete's village will be here,
and the Games will also bring changes to our transport links and to
However I want to make sure that the Olympics brings more than
just physical changes to Newham. I want them to bring aspiration
and opportunity for our residents. Once the games have been and
gone, I want the facilities to be available for all to use and help
foster the champions of the future. I want residents from all over
the borough to benefit from the new infrastructure and
opportunities that the Games will bring and in particular I want
our residents to access the job opportunities created by the Games.
You can read
more about what the Olympics will mean for Newham