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Michelle Obama to meet pupils at East London school

Michelle Obama waves as she arrives at Stansted Airport on Monday. Credit: Chris Radburn / PA Wire/Press Association Images

America's First Lady Michelle Obama will host an event at a school in East London today.

She will meet pupils at the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets to discuss joint work between America and Britain to boost education for adolescent girls across the world through the Let Girls Learn initiative, championed by her and US president Barack Obama.

Pupils at the single-sex comprehensive will get the chance to grill the first lady - along with former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard, who chairs the board of the Global Partnership for Education.

It’s fantastic that the First Lady chose to visit one of our borough’s excellent schools today. Following a major transformation programme, our schools are now internationally recognised and delivering some of the best results in the country. I am sure the First Lady welcomed the chance to meet some of the inspirational young people our borough is rightly proud of and I know they will have found her visit an incentive for further success, in school and in life.

– John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets



Lutfur Rahman names woman he wants to succeed him as mayor

At a rally packed with his supporters, former Tower Hamlets mayor Luftur Rahman has named the current cabinet member for housing Rabina Khan as the next mayoral candidate for his party. But it's unclear if she'll be allowed to stand, as the Tower Hamlets First party has been banned from the ballot.

Rabina Khan is currently the cabinet member for housing at Tower Hamlets council Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

At the rally at the Waterlily Conference Centre on Mile End Road, Cllr Khan insisted she was not a "puppet". She told the crowd she was proud to be Bangladeshi, proud to be Muslim and proud to be British.

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