Our Political Correspondent gives an update as the controversy surrounding Newham College continues to swell
ITV News has spoken to a former lecturer at Newham College who has made more accusations about how it was run and those that ran it.
ITV News has been told the scandal at Newham College in East London could be investigated by an official government body.
Nine people have been charged as part of a major police investigation into corruption and bribery at a court in Ilford.
The group were charged and bailed this month alongside 12 others for perverting the course of justice as a result of the Met’s investigation into Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.
All of the suspects are from Newham and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The investigation was launched after an allegation of corruption was made by a reporter at a national newspaper in August 2011.
Two people have also been charged with misconduct in a public office.
Munir Patel, who's from Dagenham, was jailed for six years for misconduct in public office, perverting the course of justice and bribery as a result of the operation.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Southwark Magistrates Court in November 2011.
A police community support officer has been charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office.
The Metropolitan Police said Kabeer Yousaf, 30, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.
The PCSO is based in Newham, east London, the force said.
The principal at Newham College has resigned after ITV News exposed a series of allegations regarding the college's reputation, a spokesperson has said.
Last month, Denise Brown stepped down from her position pending an investigation by a board of Governors.
In a statement, the spokesperson said: “Following a number of anonymous allegations put into the public domain, the Corporation board commissioned an independent investigation.
"In order to allow the Corporation board to focus on repairing the reputation of the College, Denise Brown has decided to stand down from her post and this has been agreed by the board. The Corporation board is very focused on the interests of its learners and stakeholders."
Following the online publication of a recording in which Mark Walcott expressed views wholly unacceptable to us, Newham College formally suspended Mr Walcott with effect from 25th November 2013.
Since that date Mr Walcott has not been allowed onto Newham College's premises; nor has he provided any services to the College. On 9th December the College formally terminated its relationship with Mr Walcott through his company Stratford MADA.
– Newham College
As previously stated, the views expressed by Mr Walcott in that recording do not represent the values of Newham College; the College wishes to restate that it deplores those views.
Newham College has sacked Head of Performing Arts Mark Walcott following a homophobic rant.
In light of recent events concerning an online recording expressing views which do not reflect the values of Newham College, and in the best interests of the College, the Board of Governors has agreed with the Principal, Denise Brown-Sackey, that she will take a leave of absence, pending an independent investigation into recent allegations.
Newham College's focus remains unwaveringly on its learners. We are proud of our reputation as a leading college and a fair employer, not least as the only FE College in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index top 100, and will continue to make this the focus of our work.