Mayor accused of wasting public money on attending bussinessman’s bash

PUBLISHED: 18:23 02 August 2011

The Mercedes the mayor is hiring with public cash

The Mercedes the mayor is hiring with public cash


The mayor of Tower Hamlets is accused of wasting council cash by using a chauffeur driven limo to take him to a “non-essential” business venture.

Lutfur Rahman has been criticised for using his taxpayer funded £72-a-day hire car, a Mercedes E Class, plus a town hall driver to attend the launch of a restaurant’s cricket bash on July 11.

Mr Rahman attended the event – the Mayor’s Cup T20 Cricket - for the Clifton Group’s new national tournament.

But Tory opposition leader Peter Golds argued the event is a commercial venture and said council money should not be used to promote it.

He said: “Taking council staff from public duties, so they can sit in a limousine is hardly undertaking essential work of the borough.

“Mayor Rahman needs to draw a distinction between public duty and exhibitionism.”

A council spokesperson said: “The Mayor was invited to a community event and attended, as he would with any other positive community event that he is able to attend.”

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