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Lutfur Rahman found guilty of electoral fraud and banned from being Tower Hamlets Mayor

Lutfur Rahman found guilty of electoral fraud and banned from being Tower Hamlets Mayor

The first directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has been found guilty today of “corrupt and illegal practices for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election” during his 2014 mayoral campaign. Though not present in court for the ruling, Rahman has been removed from office immediately and banned…

#ELLGetRegistered: How social media, comedy and entertainment are used to win over cynics this election

#ELLGetRegistered: How social media, comedy and entertainment are used to win over cynics this election

The first time I voted in Baghdad 2002 Saddam won the elections by 99 per cent. Then I voted in 2005 and Iraq fell into chaos. So I bought me an Anarchist t-shirt and stopped voting. I’m not the only cynic. 56 per cent of Britain’s population between 17 and…

#ELLGetRegistered: Not sure who to vote for? Take our quiz to find out whose policies you most agree with

#ELLGetRegistered: Not sure who to vote for? Take our quiz to find out whose policies you most agree with

  Unsure who to vote for? Take our election quiz to see which party’s policies you match up most with. On the following issues, with which statement do you most agree?…

#ELLGetRegistered: Our guide to voter registration

#ELLGetRegistered: Our guide to voter registration

At the last election nearly 4000 people in the ELL boroughs left it too late to register to vote. Don’t let that happen to you. The last day in which UK citizens can register is this Monday April 20. The graph below, displaying data from the Electoral Commission, demonstrates how…

#ELLGetRegistered: Rushanara Ali: vote Labour

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, talks to ELL about why people should vote for the Labour party on May 7th. Speaking from her office in Westminster, Ali discusses the importance of your vote, Labour’s plans to reduce tuition fees and the voting age and the promise of ‘world class’ apprenticeships.

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

David Wood secures Selhurst by-election win for Labour

David Wood secures Selhurst by-election win for Labour

Labour say they are “looking good” after their comfortable Croydon council by-election win in Selhurst Ward last week, despite only 1 in 5 residents turning up to polling day. Newly-elected David Wood, 42, retained the seat for Labour after the death of Councillor Gerry Ryan in January, polling 1,517 votes.…

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

New speed limit proposal to be discussed in meeting

The proposed 20 mph speed limit for residential roads in Croydon will only go ahead if local residents agree to the plans. A council meeting planned for March 16 will call people living in Croydon to give feedback on the planned changes. Councillor Kathy Bee, Croydon cabinet member for transport and…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman denies allegations of “unfairly” handing out grants on biased terms

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman denies allegations of “unfairly” handing out grants on biased terms

An aide to Mayor Lutfur Rahman has said he strongly disagrees with the allegations that the Mayor unfairly handed out grants. Mayor Rahman’s election agent and Tower Hamlets cabinet member Councillor Alibor Choudhury said he strongly disagrees with the allegations that the council gave grants on biased terms. “There was…

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

A panel of local experts will be holding a Question Time-style debate to discuss Hackney’s future. The council have organised the debate to allow Hackney residents to voice their concerns and ask questions about the boroughs future. The “State of the Borough” debate is being held at City Academy to launch a…

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