Eight Labour councillors, two officers of the local party and one ordinary member have tonight been expelled from the Labour Party for their backing of the fundamentalist sympathiser, Lutfur Rahman, in opposition to the party’s official candidate for Tower Hamlets mayor, Helal Abbas.
“I can confirm that eleven members of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party, including eight sitting councillors, have tonight been confirmed by the Party to have automatically excluded themselves from the Party by virtue of their support for an opposition candidate,” said a Labour Party spokesman.
The news was delivered to members by Labour’s London regional director, Ken Clark, at a meeting in Tower Hamlets tonight. Legal advice was taken from the national party’s legal and compliance unit to ensure that the grounds were solid and the process watertight. The eight councillors are understood to be those who appeared in support of Lutfur at his press conference last week – Oli Rahman, Lutfa Begum, Rania Khan, Alibor Choudhury, Ohid Ahmed, Aminur Khan, Rabina Khan, and Shelina Aktar. Their attendance was reported on this blog and YouTube footage of them at the event has been placed online.
This is a potentially decisive blow against the influence of fundamentalism in the Labour Party.