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Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers as “takeover squad” moves into Tower Hamlets Council

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers as “takeover squad” moves into Tower Hamlets Council

The commissioners of the Government’s “takeover squad”  moved into Tower Hamlets Council today under orders  to strip the Mayor Lutfur Rahman of key powers. Two commissioners, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, entered the council headquarters to meet Rahman and his officials for…

Campaigner demands removal of returning officer

Campaigner demands removal of returning officer

Tower Hamlets’ current returning officer should not have the authority to oversee next year’s General Election, the founder of an anti-corruption independent political party has claimed. Andy Erlam, a founding member of Red Flag Anti-Corruption, said that the allegations being made in a High Court action against Mayor Lutfur Rahman…

Former Tory minister questioned after racist rant

Former Tory minister questioned after racist rant

Tower Hamlets police reportedly questioned former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Mellor after an alleged racist rant in March 2013, it was revealed yesterday. The police spokesperson said: “A 64-year-old man from Tower Hamlets was interviewed under caution by police on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence that took…

Goldsmiths renames building in honour of academic pioneer Stuart Hall: “He loved the spirit of this place”

Goldsmiths renames building in honour of academic pioneer Stuart Hall: “He loved the spirit of this place”

Leading academics from around the world gathered at Goldsmiths in Lewisham today for the renaming of a key building in honour of cultural studies pioneer Professor Stuart Hall, who died earlier this year. Catherine Hall, his widow, unveiled a plaque to rename the New Academic Building as the Professor Stuart…

Tory struggle in Croydon Central as UKIP advance

Tory struggle in Croydon Central as UKIP advance

Following their dramatic victory in Rochester last Thursday, UKIP could well define voter intentions in key marginals such as Croydon Central come next May. A recent poll, conducted by Lord Ashcroft earlier this month, has shown Croydon Central, host of UKIP’s “Carnival of Colours” last summer, to be one of…

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

Council wins Planning Policy Team of the Year

  The prize for Planning Policy Team of the Year went to Croydon Council at a national award ceremony last night. The spatial planning team was praised by judges at the 2014 Planning Awards for its work with private investors and its emphasis on “delivery”. The plan that impressed the…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

Thousands of students, including many from East London, protested against tuition fees, cuts and debt in education in a march through the capital that culminated in nearly a dozen arrests. 11 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day, all are still in police custody awaiting questioning. Currently no protestor…

Rahman labels Pickles Council intervention “excessive”

Rahman labels Pickles Council intervention “excessive”

The controversial Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman  has attacked plans by the Government to send commissioners into the council  as “excessive and disproportionate” Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government is expected to send in commissioners to take over aspects of Tower Hamlets Council’s management…

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

Council-backed White Ribbon to combat gender violence

A campaign to combat violence against women was adopted by Croydon Council last night. The year-long White Ribbon initiative will start with 16 days of campaigning from November 25 to December 10. Croydon Council opted into the campaign, which aims to mobilise men in the fight against gender-based violence, at…

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