Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Advertiser

On sale now

Labour drops its front-runner in East End mayor battle

16:03 21 September 2010

Lutfur Rahman Interview

Lutfur Rahman Interview

Archant

LUTFUR Rahman has today been dropped as Labour’s candidate for next month’s election for Tower Hamlets’ first directly-elected mayor.

The controversial former East End council leader has been removed from the ballot by the party’s national executive.

A statement from Labour party headquarters read: “Having received a number of serious allegations concerning both the eligibility of participating voters, and the conduct of Lutfur Rahman, administrative action has been taken to investigate the allegations made.

“As a result administrative action has been taken to remove Lutfur Rahman as a candidate pending the investigation.Nominations for Tower Hamlets mayor close this week. In the circumstances, the NEC has no option but to impose another candidate.”

The candidate Labour is now putting forward is the current leader of Tower Hamlets Council, Helal Abbas, whom Rahman defeated in the party’s selection for a candidate on September 4.

In a separate development today, Cllr Rahman was reported to the police by the council’s Tory Opposition leader Peter Golds for alleged undeclared electoral expenses.

A letter has gone to Police Commander Paul Rickett requesting an investigation “into apparent breaches of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act by Lutfur Rahman who was selected by Labour as its candidate for mayor on September 4.”

Cllr Rahman brought a legal action against the Labour Party in August after being excluded twice from the shortlist for the nomination.

Insiders in the Lutfur camp say that he is planning to return to the High Court to try and get this latest setback overturned and is in talks with his lawyers this-afternoon.

Latest News Stories

45 minutes ago
Duckett Street in Stepney [Google image]

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was discovered in a flat in London’s East End.

11:58
Fake Busters... Tower Hamlets anti-counterfeit Trading Standards team

Meet the ‘Fake Busters’ from your local town hall—they keep the streets of London’s East End “safe from dodgy deals” so shoppers won’t be saddled with copycat goods.

09:27
Suspect on CCTV... sex attack at bus-stop in Wick Lane

Police hunting a suspect following a sex attack on a woman in the street at a bus stop in east London have this week issued CCTV images of the man they was to trace.

Yesterday, 17:29
Tomorrow's cops... Met Police cadets from the East End who pass their Duke of Edinburgh awards

Volunteer police cadets from London’s tough East End have passed their Duke of Edinburgh awards after three years of hard training.

Most read news

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder