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Labour U-Turn on Tower Hamlets mayor

PUBLISHED: 11:35 13 July 2010 | UPDATED: 16:15 05 October 2010

RED-faced Labour party bosses have been forced to make a dramatic U-turn over their shortlist for Tower Hamlets mayor. Following a complaint from former council leader Lutfur Rahman about his treatment during selection, the party has agreed

RED-faced Labour party bosses have been forced to make a dramatic U-turn over their shortlist for Tower Hamlets mayor.

Following a complaint from former council leader Lutfur Rahman about his treatment during selection, the party has agreed to run the process again.

The original process saw a shortlist of three drawn up, but now the 'longlist' of candidates - including Mr Rahman - will be interviewed in front of a new panel.

A spokesman for London Labour Party said: "The complaint has been looked at carefully.

"While the Labour Party does not accept that it has any substance, to ensure transparency and fairness to all potential candidates, all long-listed candidates will be re-interviewed by a different panel to be appointed by the NEC.

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