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Town Hall watchdog group pores over top line appointment

PUBLISHED: 15:39 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

THE Town Hall s standards committee held an emergency meeting last week to discuss how to deal with concerns over the appointment of a senior council officer. The watchdogs met last Thursday over a complaint made by Tory leader Cllr Peter Golds over the

THE Town Hall's standards committee held an emergency meeting last week to discuss how to deal with concerns over the appointment of a senior council officer.

The watchdogs met last Thursday over a complaint made by Tory leader Cllr Peter Golds over the selection process for new assistant chief executive Lutfur Rahman Ali.

Concerns over his appointment were first raised in the Advertiser in June when we revealed that Mr Ali had omitted details of his short stint as a Tower Hamlets Labour councillor in 2002 on his CV.

We also disclosed that the selection panel which made the final decision split on a majority of one along racial grounds and that the four who voted for him, council leader Lutfur Rahman, Sirajul Islam, Ohid Ahmed and Abjol Miah all knew him.

His CV, which was leaked to the Advertiser, also contained a mistake about his stint as a "diversity adviser" at the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).

He wrote that he left that body in July 2001. However, it was his politically restricted role at LFEPA that forced him to resign as a councillor in May 2002, just six days after he was elected.

Mr Ali told the appointments committee the incorrect date was a "typo".

The council has refused to divulge the findings of last Thursday's standards committee meeting until later this week.

The committee has to decide whether to deal with the complaint itself in-house, or decide it is so serious that it must refer it to the independent Standards Board for England.


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