Deputy mayor quits coun­cil

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The deputy mayor and for­mer head of chil­dren’s ser­vices in Tower Ham­lets has quit the coun­cil four months af­ter an Of­sted report crit­i­cised “wide­spread and se­ri­ous failures” in the care pro­vided to vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the bor­ough.

Cllr Rachael Saun­ders, who rep­re­sents Mile End, was moved into health and adult ser­vices shortly af­ter the report was re­leased in April this year. She will quit as deputy mayor and ser­vice head at the end of Au­gust and then not chal­lenge for her seat in the next round of elec­tions in 2018.

How­ever, she de­nied her de­par­ture is linked to the crit­i­cism, say­ing she was start­ing a new job that would take up all her time.

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