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Tower Hamlets failing to comply with 'best value duty'

By Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Tower Hamlets failing to comply with 'best value duty' in handing out grants, according to a Price PricewaterhouseCoopers audit. A report says the winning bidder to buy Poplar Town Hall 'had an association' with mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Lutfur Rahman Credit: PA

The report says there was a lack of control over the use of council media officers. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will announce sanctions, if any, at 12:30pm.

Two Harefield war heroes to be honoured today

Two war heroes from Harefield will be honoured with commemorative plaques at a ceremony later today. Robert Edward Ryder and Cecil John Kinross were both awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One- the highest military decoration for gallantry. Hillingdon Council has arranged for the plaques to be laid at Harefield War Memorial- and family members of both men will be attending.

Robert Edward Ryder VC Credit: Hillingdon Council
Cecil John Kinross VC Credit: Hillingdon Council

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Boris to speak today at London Conference 2014

Boris to speak at London Conference Credit: ITV News

London Mayor Boris Johnson will be speaking at the London Conference today- which takes place six months before the General Election. This year's event will focus on what London should be looking for from a new national government- as well as the other way round. The conference will also explore things that are worrying voters- as well as issues of devolution, opportunity and inequality.

London protest against ISIS

A protest will be held in Trafalgar Square this afternoon in support of the Kurdish democrats who are spearheading the fight against ISIS fascism in the city of Kobane, north Syria.

The London rally is organised by Peace in Kurdistan and the Kurdish People's Assembly, with the support of the Kurdish Cultural Centre.

Rallies will take place today across the world.

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