Lutfur Rahman, a councillor with close links to Islamic fundamentalism, has won the nomination to be Labour’s candidate for the first directly-elected executive mayor of Tower Hamlets, according to three sources. He was kept off the shortlist three times by the party amid deep concerns over his links with the Islamic supremacist group, the Islamic Forum of Europe. Yesterday we exposed how he had signed up entire families of sham “paper” members to get himself the nomination. Turnout in the party selection contest today was extremely – perhaps suspiciously – high, at around 70 per cent, double the expected figure.
It’s very bad news for Tower Hamlets, but it’ll certainly keep me in work. Watch this space..