Search

Anger after leaflets promoting Tower Hamlets’ Mayor found in Whitechapel Sports Centre

18:18 04 February 2013

Leaflets promoting Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman on display in Whitechapel Sports Centre

Leaflets promoting Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman on display in Whitechapel Sports Centre

Archant

Whitechapel Sports Centre has been slammed by opposition councillors for displaying material promoting Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman in its foyer.

Labour councillors hit out after the discovery of leaflets in a traditionally impartial environment.

The development comes just weeks after five television channels were censured by Ofcom for carrying advertisements amounting to a party political broadcast promoting the Mayor.

The leaflets set out how Mayor Rahman is “delivering on his promises” despite government funding cuts.

Labour group leader Cllr Joshua Peck called on the sports centre to ensure such material is removed from its premises.

He said: “It is important that community facilities are not used to promote political parties.

“After we learned the Mayor wasted taxpayers’ money making illegal political adverts there is obviously a concern that this is yet another attempt to use resources to promote his political agenda.

“It is important that staff and management at leisure centres and other community facilities recognise the need to remain impartial and do not allow political leafleting like this”, he added.

Nobody from the sports centre, in Dunward Street, was available to comment.

But Tower Hamlets Council denied it was responsible for the distribution and production of the leaflets. A spokesman declined to comment on who produced the leaflets and how they came to be in that location.

“The council only promotes publicity materials containing public information about local services and activities”, he said.

“Our contractors have been asked to remain vigilant on the content of public display stands.”

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 16:18
Rosemary Lane rag fair, 1730s [Rowlandson's watercolour]

Ambitious plans are on the drawing board to revive a traditional East End street market near the Tower of London that vanished more than 150 years ago.

Yesterday, 15:14
Fun day barbecue on the Isle of Dogs' Union Wharf housing estate

Families on a housing estate in London’s Docklands half-way through its reconstruction have still managed to hold their annual summer fete with music and barbecue during Wednesday’s heatwave.

Thu, 15:10
Delighted children at Bow Arts exhibition (photos: Rob Harris]

An education charity developing the next generation of artists with a schools programme in east London that puts creative learning back in the classroom has put on its first year’s partnership exhibition of the youngsters’ artwork.

Thu, 13:36
Bethnal Green Academy pupils visiting Cern centre in Switzerland

School pupils studying A-Level physics in London’s East End have returned from a trip to the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research centre in Geneva.

Wed, 16:00
John Biggs... attacking Housing Act

The Mayor of London’s most deprived borough with the longest housing waiting list has today launched a blistering attack on the government’s Housing and Planning Act which he warns is killing off “affordable housing” in inner city districts.

Wed, 13:00
Helal Abbas... calls for head teacher at Ian Mikado to resign

Protesters are handing in a petition tonight to Tower Hamlets council over the appointment of a once-convicted killer as a classroom assistant in an east London special school.

Wed, 10:24
Scotland Yard counter-terrorism raids

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism in east London and north London as part of a Scotland Yard counter-terrorism operation.

Tue, 15:05
The cottasges before they were illegally pulled down

Legal action could be launched against developers who illegally demolished Victorian cottages in a conservation area of London’s Docklands.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

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