Galloway throws a Left for Repton boxers
PUBLISHED: 22:31 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010
FIGHTING MP George Galloway has stepped into the ring to help the East End's famous Repton Boxing Club to 'floor' developers trying to build flats in the basement under their gym, promising to 'go the rounds' with them
By Michael Parker
FIGHTING MP George Galloway has stepped into the ring to help the East End's famous Repton Boxing Club to 'floor' developers trying to build flats in the basement under their gym.
Round 1: Tower Hamlets council sold the building to developers way back in 1989, with the new owner guaranteeing the club's future with a 999-year lease for the ground floor gym and basement.
Round 2: But it was 10 years before the Repton's directors received the lease, by which time the building's ownership had changed and the documents showed no rights to the basement.
Round 3: Now the Town Hall comers in for a hammering from the MP.
Galloway's 'second,' political assistant Rob Hoveman, said: "It's council incompetence for failing to provide a cast iron lease in the first place. It has now come back years later to jeopardise the future of this historic club."
Round 4: So the Bethnal Green & Bow MP, a former amateur boxer himself, donned the gloves this week at Repton's training gymnasium in the former Bethnal Green public baths in Dunbridge-street where it has been housed since the 1970s.
Round 5: 'Bruiser' Galloway promises he will be 'punching above his weight' to make sure the Repton isn't threatened.
He hopes to 'left hook' the developers and knock out their planning application for four flats underneath the Repton which was lodged at the Town Hall in February.