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Labour drops its front-runner in East End mayor battle

16:03 21 September 2010

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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.

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  • Just a brief question at 16.40 Hrs Tuesday 21 September 2010. Will the Returning Officer, "Dr" Kevan Collins now be required to show that he did his constitutional duties over the claimed referendum dated 6 May 2010 and that he rigorously examined the expenditure of the canvassers, campaigners on all aspects of the referendum as has been propagated so far by all who have treated the stated result of the referendum as having been done conclusively with no legal, ethical, constitutional issues left unaddressed in accordance with the rules as set out in ‘the law [statutory and at common law]’ and in accordance with the demands of the objectively defined universal codes of democracy?

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    Bhangeelaar!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

  • I think democracy has been made a joke of. A man whom recived 51% of the vote is being victimised. Its obvious the reasons are that if you are strong and from BME community you will never be allowed to progress and are forced to sell your soul. Abbas is the cuncle sam that they wanted. John biggs refused the offer when offered by the labour party on principle that he disagreed with the process as he was also a victim to the dirty campaign by some candidates. Democracy has been truly expired today. It is disgusting. I am so ashamed of being British.

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    sult

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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