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City Hall chief backs Labour mayor candidate Rahman

PUBLISHED: 12:21 07 September 2010 | UPDATED: 12:46 07 September 2010

John Biggs (left) greets Lutfur Rahman after Saturday's election for Labour candidate

John Biggs (left) greets Lutfur Rahman after Saturday's election for Labour candidate

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LABOUR politicians are planning an ad-hoc coalition of their own to take the Coalition Government over public spending cuts following Lutfur Rahman's victory in being selected party candidate on Saturday to run for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

LABOUR politicians are planning an ad-hoc coalition of their own to take on the Coalition Government over public spending cuts following Lutfur Rahman’s victory in being selected party candidate on Saturday to run for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

The controversial ex-council leader has been promised backing by the man he pipped into second place in the party’s shortlist of seven, London Assembly budget chairman John Biggs, if he wins the ballot for mayor on October 21.

“We now have to fight for the interests of the East End,” Biggs told the East London Advertiser.

“I will go out and canvass for Rahman to become Mayor in October, then we must join together to defend the East End from the cuts the Coalition Government plans. The East End will be hard hit.”

Cllr Rahman has also received pledges of support from former Labour government minister Jim Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar & Limehouse, to win the election for mayor in what is seen as a safe party borough that returned two MPs to Westminster and increased its hold on Tower Hamlets council in the May 6 elections.

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