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What next after Lutfur Rahman ?

Bangla Mirror Desk : With the 2014 election declared void, Tower Hamlets is  of the east London borough in 2014 was declared ‘void’ by Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who sat as a judge in the special High Court hearing. At the special High Court hearing, Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey also ordered Mr Rahman to pay £250,000 in costs. One of ...

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Possible candidates for re-run of mayoral election

Bangla Mirror Desk:  The London Labour Party has announced that John Biggs has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the re-run mayoral election in Tower Hamlets on 11 June.  John Biggs said:  “I am delighted to have been confirmed as Labour’s candidate.  “Tower Hamlets must now move on from the divisive politics of Lutfur Rahman and his disgraced regime of corruption ...

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Eric Pickles expands role of commissions to clean up Tower Hamlets

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has taken a series of steps in relation to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, following last week’s Election Court judgement.  Proposed directions extend the powers of the Commissioners over the whole of the local authority, as the Commissioners see fit, in order to exercise to ensure good governance and ...

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Altab Ali’s close friend and house mate

By A Shahid Sheikh Dabir Miah is an unassuming pleasant individual who has led an uneventful and ordinary, life in Tower Hamlets for the past forty plus years. However, it was not always like that. 37 years ago, this week he found himself in the cusp of racist murder, turbulent events and a struggle for rights that would go on ...

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Election 2015: Labour plan to stop ‘massive’ rent increases

Private landlords would not be able to increase annual rents by more than inflation for three years under Labour plans to give tenants more security. Ed Miliband said he would act immediately as prime minister to curb “massive” rent hikes. Conservative London mayor Boris Johnson described rent controls as a “disastrous policy”. Mr Miliband also ruled out any post-election “deals” ...

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London Marathon 2015: route, start time, runners and weather

Some 35,000 athletes will begin their gruelling 26.2 mile journey at 10.10am on Sunday when the London Marathon mass event gets underway. Charity runners will begin the course at three different start points in Greenwich Park and Blackheath, south London, before the routes converge just before the three-mile mark. The first six miles take place in Greenwich before the route ...

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