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Lutfur Rahman faces full inquiry into his contested electoral victory


Tower Hamlets mayor, Lutfur Rahman, faces full inquiry into his contested electoral victory. His lawyers already express desire to appeal.


Rahman’s barrister expresses desire to appeal despite not being in receipt of the judges’ reasons.


Voters claim re-election of Lutfur Rahman marred by 'numerous irregularities'

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent
  • Voters claim the re-election of Executive Mayor Lutfur Rahman in May was marred by 'numerous irregularities'
  • The election petition alleges electoral fraud, intimidation and forged votes and calls for the poll to be re-run
  • Lawyers for Mr Rahman argue the case should be 'struck out' because there is insufficient detail in the allegations for him to respond
  • Rahman's counsel told the High Court the election petition 'is completely devoid of any facts'.
  • The hearing continues

Boris 'has penchant' for riding roughshod over democracy

Now the mayor has ordered the Fire Commissioner to investigate the cost of preventing fire fighters returning to work between stoppages. But members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority have passed an amendment calling on the mayor to reconsider.

I hope that the Mayor will now take stock and think again, but given his penchant for riding roughshod over democracy, I very much doubt this will happen. This is a narrow minded, politically motivated decision from the Mayor. Locking firefighters out like this would pose a genuine risk to the safety of Londoners.

– Andrew Dismore, LFEPA Labour member

The mayor was involved in another spat with members of LFEPA last year when they tried to defy his attempt to close fire stations.

Boris 'bruising showdown' over firefighter lock-out

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Boris Johnson is on course for another bruising showdown with his fire authority over plans to lock-out striking firefighters.

The strikes typically take place twice in one day
The strikes typically take place twice in one day. Credit: PA

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have been staging a series of two-hour strikes in a row over pensions.


Sacked social services boss awarded bumper pay-off after Baby Peter scandal

by Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

The former Haringey social services boss, sacked after the Baby Peter scandal, was awarded almost three quarters of a million pounds in compensation.

Former children's services boss Sharon Shoesmith
Former children's services boss Sharon Shoesmith Credit: PA

Haringey Council's annual accounts reveal that Sharon Shoesmith's bumper pay-off was £679,452.

New Royal Docks 'must provide affordable housing'

I am committed to the transformation of the Royal Docks and will continue to fight to ensure our residents benefit from the various regeneration projects.

We have always been clear that any new development must provide affordable housing and an acceptable mix of uses along with much needed long-term jobs for local people.

The current plans for the Floating Village do not meet our vision or the Greater London Authority's own London Plan. Newham Council cannot, and will not, accept a development consisting purely of luxury apartments which will be out of reach of the majority of our residents.

I want to know where any money from the sale of the site will be used as this should rightly be spent in Newham.

– Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham
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