Friday, December 12, 2014

Industrial heritage sites in London’s East End must be protected from encroaching developers turning them into yet more luxury flats, a London Assembly member has urged.

Computers are being used for child protection [PA picture]

Vital gaps in child protection in London’s East End are being plugged by a new computer system to alert social workers if a youngster with a Protection Order suddenly turns up at A&E with suspicious injuries or signs of neglect.

September's protest against nursery cuts outside the Town Hall

Mothers have won a Christmas victory stopping Tower Hamlets council closing four nurseries in London’s deprived East End which also cater for toddlers with special needs.

Tower Hamlets council

A petitioner challenging last May’s election for Mayor of Tower Hamlets has this week asked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to suspend the Town Hall’s Returning officer from running next May’s General Election count.

September's protest against nursery cuts outside the Town Hall

Councillors have voted overwhelmingly to demand Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman withdraws his plans to axe nurseries in London’s deprived East End.

Unison trade union protesters outsideTower Hamlets Council's meeting urging Mayor Rahman stands up to Eric Pickles

Furious council members voted overwhelmingly at last night’s Tower Hamlets council meeting for embattled Mayor Lutfur Rahman to “pay out of his own pocket” if he increased the cost of the £1.2million auditors’ report into Town Hall spending by delaying tactics.

Under fire... Mayor Lutfur Rahman

Emergency resolutions are being tabled at tonight’s Tower Hamlets council meeting to overhaul the system of public funds which have been dished out by embattled mayor Lutfur Rahman and how he sold off council buildings at knock-down prices.

How Whitechapel's new civic hub will look in 2015

Plans to regenerate Whitechapel have been ‘highly commended’ at the 2014 national Planning Awards in the face of stiff competition from some of the country’s biggest planning projects.

Sir John Cass school in Stepney Way [Google Streetview]

A call for more local authority powers has been made by a Safeguarding Children board to protect youngsters in the wake of today’s critical Ofsted reports into Islamic fundamentalist links in schools in London’s East End.

Sir John Cass Redcoat in Stepney way  [picture: Google Streetview] and Tower Hamlets education chief Robert McCulloch-Graham (inset)

Critical reports on six Muslim independent schools and a State comprehensive in London’s East End are expected today from the Ofsted watchdog, following government concerns about Islamic fundamentalism links.

Haydn Evans

An award-winning secondary school in London’s East End is going into special measures over concerns about its sixth-form Islamic society’s possible links to radical preachers.

London Mayor Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has ordered an audit of GLA funds handed over to Tower Hamlets—following on from Secretary of State Eric Pickles’ controversial audit which uncovered “lack of transparency” in Town Hall accounts.

2010... Livingstone campaigs with Rahman in Brick Lane

Ken Livingstone is being reported to Scotland Yard over calls to make life “intolerable” for government commissioners being brought in to take over Tower Hamlets’ £1.2 million budget spending.

Embattled Mayor Rahman [left] and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Embattled Mayor Lutfur Rahman has accused Secretary of State Eric Pickles of being “excessive” in the latest round for the order to send in Whitehall commissioners to take over running Tower Hamlets’ £1.2 budget.

Tower Hamlets council

Embattled Mayor Lutfur Rahman has until midnight tonight before he has to comply with Secretary of State Eric Pickles’ to let government Commissioners into the Town Hall take control of Tower Hamlets’ £1.2 billion budget.

Embattled Mayor Rahman [left] and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Last-ditch attempts by embattled Mayor Lutfur Rahman to stop government commissioners taking control of his £1.2 billion budget have been thwarted in the High Court.

MP George Galloway speaks in defence of mayor Lutfur Rahman at a rally

George Galloway and Ken Livingstone were among speakers to defend under-fire Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman at a rally in Mile End.

Embattled Mayor Rahman [left] and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

Embattled Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman holds a protest rally tonight in London’s East End in his fight against Communities State Secretary Eric Pickles.

Ken Livingstone called the attacks on Mayor Rahman 'outrageous'

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has attacked as “outrageous” the government’s intervention in Tower Hamlets politics, likening it to “East Germany under the communists”.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman is facing calls for his resignation

Labour has suggested Mayor Lutfur Rahman resign from his post over a damning audit report which may see the government seize control of the council.

Local government secretary Eric Pickles

Tower Hamlets Council could be taken over by government-appointed commissioners following a damning report on “failures” in council governance.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman

Tower Hamlets Council has rejected the conclusion of a government-backed audit into its finances that it failed to provide residents with ‘best value for money’.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman

A seven-month audit of council finances has concluded that Tower Hamlets Council has failed to provide “best value” to local residents.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman

Auditors who carried out a government-backed inspection of Tower Hamlets Council’s finances for alleged “fraud and financial mismanagement” will release their findings tomorrow.

Protest by Amnesty International against 'tools of torture' sales [photos: Jess Hurd]

Crowd-storming activists took to the streets to ask shoppers in the City and London’s East End to buy their “tools of torture”.

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