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“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has told a judge this week that the Labour Party bears “hallmarks of institutional racism”. Mayor Lutfur Rahman is currently on trial at Election Court in the Royal Courts of Justice over accusations of election fraud but denies any wrongdoing. In a written witness statement to…

Opposition mounts to £85m Lewisham Council cuts

Opposition mounts to £85m Lewisham Council cuts

Opposition is mounting from both local residents and anti-austerity groups against the “devastating” £85 million worth of budget cuts planned by Lewisham Council Among the cuts being planned are significant changes to key services for children and the disabled, which were criticised at Wednesday night’s meeting of the council cabinet.…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Council have revealed plans to transform Whitechapel’s historic Royal London Hospital into a new ‘civic hub’ for the borough. The council purchased the hospital site for £9 million in a deal announced last week. The building has been empty for two years following the construction of a new…

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

The seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets announced

Deng Yan San has been elected the seventh Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets. The Young Mayor is elected every two years and represents the 11-18 year-olds across the borough. After the result was announced yesterday, San said: “Our team will hit the ground running and we will help this borough shine……

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

Poll predicts Gavin Barwell could lose seat to Labour

  Conservative MP for Croydon Central,  Gavin Barwell, is on course to lose his seat at the next election, according to a YouGov/Evening Standard poll. According to the poll, support for Labour in London has risen and the party is expected to win eight of its London target seats in…

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Council to consider anti-G4S contracts petition

Tower Hamlets Council has agreed to consider a local petition demanding G4S be disqualified from future contracts in the borough. A coalition of organisations gathered in front of the council building with a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people. They chanted slogans in support of Palestine accusing G4S of: “far…

Croydon councillor dies after battle against cancer

Croydon councillor dies after battle against cancer

Tributes have been paid to 57-year-old Selhurst Labour councillor Gerry Ryan, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Ryan had served the ward for more than 20 years and was re-elected last May. The Selhurst councillor leaves behind his wife and two sons. During the Croydon Central campaign election at the 2010…

Local concern over Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

Local concern over Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

Academics and politicians in Lewisham have expressed concerns over key provisions of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill which passed its third reading this week. The bill intends to counter the threat posed by Britons who affiliate with the Islamic State or Isis and it places a statutory obligation on public…

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

ELL boroughs worse hit in next years budget

Eastlondonlines boroughs are to be among the worst affected by next year’s budget cuts for local authorities. The Government has announced that on average local council’s in England will have their funding cut by 1.8 per cent from 2015. Croydon will face the average cut rate, Tower Hamlets’ spending will…

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers by “takeover squad”

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers by “takeover squad”

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…

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