Tower Hamlets cabinet backs “progressive” Islamic Forum of Europe

The controversial Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) was backed by Tower Hamlets cabinet members as a “progressive organisation” deserving of council support.

Independent Cllr Alibor Choudhury praised the group for providing stewards at the anti-fascist demonstrations against far right group the English Defence League (EDL).

The IFE has previously been accused in a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary of “infiltrating” politics in Tower Hamlets.

But at Wednesday evening’s meeting, Cllr Choudhury called for members to “accept the IFE as a progressive organisation which we shall aim to engage” in a motion opposing the EDL.

Speaking for the Labour group, councillor Rachael Saunders said she had “very little knowledge of the IFE” and “no idea whether to support it”, and the amendment was not passed.