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It's worrying why people have to offer me money

PUBLISHED: 19:57 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, I SEE as a practice nurse and a local councillor some terrible overcrowding and very poor living conditions in flats belonging to Tower Hamlets council and to registered social landlords. People are desperate to be rehoused or have repairs.

Dear Editor,

I SEE as a practice nurse and a local councillor some terrible overcrowding and very poor living conditions in flats belonging to Tower Hamlets council and to registered social landlords.

People are desperate to be rehoused or have repairs.

Someone last week stopped me in the street and offered me £200 to help get his family rehoused. In the two years since I was elected I have been offered thousands of pounds, including £2,000 for a letter.

My duty as a Tower Hamlets councillor it is to represent the needs of residents.

I wouldn't dream of accepting money or bribes from them to do so and am just happy on the occasions when people's needs are met.

It is worrying that people think that they need to offer money.

Cllr Lutfa Begum (Respect)

Tower Hamlets Council

Town Hall, Blackwall

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