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Lutfur Ali resigns No 2 job at Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 19:49 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:43 05 October 2010

CONTROVERSIAL assistant chief executive of Tower Hamlets council Lutfur Ali has resigned tonight. His resignation comes three weeks after he featured on the Channel 4 Dispatches programme about alleged extremism in the East End. In a statement the co

CONTROVERSIAL assistant chief executive of Tower Hamlets council Lutfur Ali has resigned tonight.

His resignation comes three weeks after he featured on the Channel 4 Dispatches programme about alleged extremism in the East End.

In a statement the council said he had resigned his job after "deciding to move on".

Mr Ali has a background in diversity and took up the £120,000 job in September 2008, with special responsibility for policy, performance, and delivery at the council.

He also oversaw the communications, scrutiny, equalities and democratic services teams at the council.

At the time of his appointment concerns over the authenticity of his CV led to opposition leader, Tory Peter Golds, referring the posting to the council's overview and scrutiny committee, but these concerns were not upheld.

Tonight the council's chief executive Kevan Collins said he was sad to lose Mr Ali and acknowledged his contributions to the council.

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