The Lutfur Rahman Memorial Post

According to two sources, Lutfur Rahman is today submitting his nomination papers to run as an independent candidate for the Tower Hamlets mayoralty. He does have a vote bank – not all of it acquired legitimately, as we’ve seen – and his puppetmasters will run a well-financed campaign. But while all this was enough to win a Labour Party membership vote, in an electorate of 1200, it’s unlikely to be enough to win him the mayoralty in a much larger electorate. It will of course end Lutfur’s career in Labour – and with any luck it will also flush out other fundamentalist sympathising councillors, notably the former cabinet member for employment and skills, Alibor Choudhury – named as connected to the IFE by its then president, Mohammed Habibur Rahman.

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