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The embattled mayor of Tower Hamlets has fired back at critics with a smoking barrel who claim he kept the lid on an alleged £2m bribery attempt to get plans passed for a skyscraper.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs has tonight defended the handling of a planning application for 65-storey skyscraper amid claims of a £2m bribery attempt.

London Assembly member for east London Unmesh Desai is visiting Turkey next week as part of a UK delegation of MPs and MEPs watching the trials of Turkish opposition MPs.

Moves have been made for a Parliamentary debate over the controversial funding of east London’s Island Health clinic where the chair of the charity that owns the building has been paid £180,000 “consultancy fees” from NHS funds.

Government ‘intervention advisors’ are reported to have moved in to help run Tower Hamlets children’s services after its disastrous Ofsted report.

The newly re-elected Bethnal Green and Bow MP described her overwhelming win as an “expression of hope over fear” as she swept to power with a nearly 11 per cent increase on her majority.

Labour made gains in both Bethnal Green and Bow and Poplar and Limehouse.

Former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman, barred from for office for five years in 2015 for corrupt practices, is back in the High Court today in a bid to overturn his ban.

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick who was one of 13 voting in the commons this-afternoon against having a snap general election has denied he is standing down.

A leading east London councillor has been embroiled in a row at City Hall with a police commander during today’s London Assembly hearing into election fraud and why the Met failed to interview witnesses willing to testify.

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