Respect candidate standing in different ward than 'expected'
RESPECT has put up one of its strongest candidates for the local election in a different ward than expected. That's according to a Labour insider who claims a deal has been struck between Respect and Labour in Tower Hamlets.
RESPECT has put up one of its "strongest" candidates for the local election in a different ward than expected.
That's according to a Labour insider who claims a deal has been struck between Respect and Labour in Tower Hamlets. The allegation is denied by Respect.
Respect has now confirmed that Mahbub Alam Mamun will stand in St Dunstan and Stepney Green, as predicted last month by the councillor insider.
Manum had been expected to stand in Shadwell where he had been campaigning, according to the insider.
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Last month the insider claimed to the Advertiser that Respect had agreed to put up a "weaker" candidate in Shadwell instead of Mamun, who he said was seen as a "strong" candidate, to effectively give Labour a chance of winning in their stronghold.
But the claim was denied by a Respect spokesman who said at the time that Mamun could stand in either ward.
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He said: "There is no deal with Labour and we would never do a deal like that."
Respect's candidate for Shadwell has not yet been announced.
?Meanwhile two councillors have joined Respect after not being reselected for Labour.
The regional Labour party took over the selection of Tower Hamlets Labour candidates after complaints of membership abuse over the way ward candidates were voted in.
Councillor Salim Ullah will continue to stand in his Bethnal Green South ward and Cllr Fazlul Haque will still stand in Weavers but both under Respect instead.
Two former senior Labour members will also be standing for Respect.
Labour's Tower Hamlets vice chair, Lutfur Rahman, not to be confused with the council leader, and former executive Labour member Muhammed Mustaqim will also stand as Respect councillors.
Respect political adviser Rob Hoveman will also be standing as a councillor in Weavers.