Friday, November 21, 2014

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”.

Brick Lane... where Amnesty says you can legally buy and sell 'tools of torture'

Activists are taking to the streets around Brick Lane today to ask shoppers in London’s East End to buy some of their “tools of torture”.

Students at Queen Mary University... exams at risk by lectuers' boycott

A boycott of exams and refusing to set students their coursework begins next week at many universities including four east London campuses.

Cycle highway along A11 in east London towards Aldgate

The controversial cycle super highway network was being debated at the London Assembly today over whether it is more dangerous to riders than safe.

Consultations have been carried out today and yesterday over whether a gate should be erected to stop public access to a crime-ridden back alley in London’s Docklands.

Rasbina Khan voted European Diversity 'Hero of the Year' and (inset) with her award

A local council cabinet member for housing in London’s deprived East End has been named ‘hero of the year’ in the prestigious European Diversity awards.

Lutfur Rahman opened tonight’s cabinet meeting by angrily rebutting Theresa May’s claim the borough’s schools are at risk of influence from extremism.

Councillors are due to meet tonight at a Tower Hamlets cabinet meeting.

GPs protesting in Whitehall over 22 surgeries facing closure across East London

A major surgery facing closure in London’s deprived East End has been given an 11th hour reprieve to keep open for at least two years.

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