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Tower Hamlets Labour councillor defects to the Conservatives

Ali-Anwara Cllr Anwara Ali, the Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on Tower Hamelts Council, has defected from labour to the Conservatives. She is a Spitalfields GP.

Cllr Ali told the Evening Standard:

“I have been a lifelong Labour supporter, but I believe the country cannot afford five more years of Gordon Brown.

“As a GP working on the frontline in the largest practice in the East End, I have become increasingly disillusioned with Labour's failure to reform the NHS. The past decade has seen this Government waste millions of pounds on bureaucracy in hospitals.

“Gordon Brown's obsession with top down targets and a tick box culture has ruined the morale and goodwill of the national health staff. Ill health and early death in the East End is a direct result of Labour's failure to bring real reform to the NHS.”

"I feel I cannot continue to serve the people of Tower Hamlets whilst I am part of a Labour party in the borough that is racked by divisions and splits unable to deliver services to the most needy people.”

5.15pm update:

Below is a picture of Cllr Ali being welcomed to the party by David Cameron and Eric Pickles, along with Cllr Ahmed Hussain, Cllr Peter Golds, Cllr Tim Archer (PPC, Poplar and Limehouse) and David Fell (Chairman, Bethnal Green and Bow Conservatives)

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