Search

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman accuses Daily Mail of telling porkies

PUBLISHED: 14:57 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:06 20 June 2012

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who came out fighting over a Daily Mail story claiming pork had been banned in the borough's schools.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who came out fighting over a Daily Mail story claiming pork had been banned in the borough's schools.

Archant

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has refuted allegations that the borough has banned pork sausages from being served in schools.

Pork is unavailable in 85 out of 90 schools in the borough, a figure which prompted the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph to report that the council has banned sausages due to “religious reasons.”

Mayor Rahman responded on his blog, arguing that the low availability of pork in the borough’s schools is simply a result of a lack of demand amongst pupils.

He wrote: “The facts are that pork sausages are available to the minority of schools where there is a continuing demand for them.

“However, it is the case that in a majority of our schools there isn’t any demand for them. Clearly there is no demand for pork sausages for Muslim and Jewish school pupils, but that is hardly a new development.

“At a time when there are severe pressures on local authority budgets, why should our council be obliged to waste money on unwanted pork sausages?”

When contacted by the Advertiser, the council confirmed that only four secondary schools and one primary school in the borough served pork in their school meals.

A spokesperson said: “The decision of what to serve is made by the governing body of each school which takes into account the requirements and preferences of the children at the school. There are no imposed decisions about the type of food provided.”

Latest East London News Stories

17:04

A man who whacked his partner with a frying pan 20 times following a trivial argument over a text message has been jailed for six years.

17:00

A former top government civil servant is coming to Whitechapel to take on the fight against East End poverty as Toynbee Hall’s new chief executive.

14:48

An operation to ‘clean up’ the Thames is underway with new research by the Port of London Authority.

10:43

More police officers are being recruited in east London to tackle crime and drug dealing on Tower Hamlets council estates—paid for by the town hall.

07:00

An academic programme for former Chelsea FC players making the transfer away from football as part of an ‘aftercare’ scheme is being set up by the Institute for Sport Business at its Hackney Wick campus.

Yesterday, 17:12

Police are urging possible victims of a paedophile sex predator who raped a girl under nine years old in east London to come forward.

Yesterday, 14:33

A new multi-sensory exhibition has opened in east London in time for the school holidays where youngsters experience the ‘forest of the future’ to understand the natural world.

Yesterday, 08:32

A man has been jailed for assaulting former footballer Paul Gascoigne in the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now