On November 10th 1919, Clement Attlee was elected Mayor of the Borough of Stepney; the first public office he held in a career that led him to 10 Downing Street. In 1922 he was elected MP for Stepney, Limehouse.
For nearly 100 years Limehouse Library served the local people, until closed by Labour Tower Hamlets. In 1988 statue of Clem Attlee, in front of the Library, was unveiled by Harold Wilson.
For over four years the statue of Clement Attlee has effectively been placed in a box, and left in front of the abandoned Library.
Two years ago, Labour promised to do something about this, but nothing has happened.
Yesterday, the ninetieth anniversary of Clement Attlee's election as Mayor (he was neither a councillor or Alderman at the meting, becoming an Alderman during 1920), local Conservatives protested at this neglect by Labour of the most important political figure ever to come from Tower Hamlets.
Greg Hands MP (whose Hammersmith & Fulham constituency includes the Clem Attlee estate) is seen holding a copy of the November 1919 Stepney Council Minutes. Cllr Tim Archer, Conservative candidate for Limehouse and Poplar is present, along with Councillor Peter Golds, seen holding a historic Borough of Stepney past Mayor's badge.
The present Lord Attlee, who was unable to attend, said how shameful that the statue of Labour's greatest ever leader is left neglected, in front of a derelict building close to the spot where he began his career (note in 1919 Clement Attlee lived in this part of the Commercial Road).