Rahman facing ‘expenses’ allegations in race to be Tower Hamlets mayor

ALLEGATIONS against Lutfur Rahman over his election expenses in his bid to be elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets are still going ahead—despite him being dropped as Labour’s candidate.

The controversial former council leader deselected by Labour’s national executive last week—over unrelated allegations about rank-and-file membership in the selection process—has quit the party and is running as an independent on October 21.

He still faces accusations over expenses levelled by rival Tories at Tower Hamlets who complained to the Electoral Commission and reported him to police.

“We’re still going ahead with our allegations,” Tory group leader Peter Golds told the East London Advertiser.

“All election expenses need to be declared so we know who’s paying for his campaign—that includes his High Court action against Labour which he lost.”

The Tories—who are putting up barrister Neil King against Rahman as well as Labour’s replacement Helal Abbas, Lib Dem’s John Griffiths and the Greens’ Alan Duffel—made their move the same day he was dropped by Labour. But they insist it is a separate issue and are continuing their action against him.