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Wednesday, 14 May 2008

New Tower Hamlets leader feared to be overly influenced by the Islamic Forum Europe

ATTEMPTS to choose a new cabinet for Labour-run Tower Hamlets council have sparked a political bloodbath.
Last night's meeting of Labour's 28 councillors was also an effective vote of 'no confidence' in the man they picked to run the Town Hall just two weeks ago, Lutfur Rahman.
A majority of 15 councillors to 13 rejected his list of proposed cabinet appointees after concerns it was not "representative" enough of the East End community.
The Advertiser understands that Cllr Rahman had proposed including Marc Francis, Alibor Choudhury, Anwara Ali, Shiria Khatun, Abdal Ullah, Rofique Ahmed, Motin uz-Zaman, Clair Hawkins and Deputy Leader Sirajul Islam in his cabinet.
Sources told the Advertiser that there was concern that Cllr Rahman's list was being influenced by the Islamic Forum Europe, an organisation based at the East London Mosque he has long had links with.
The rejection provoked uproar.
Rahman's opponents then put forward an amended list that included councillors Abbas, Jones, Heslop, Hawkins, Khatun, uz-Zaman, Abdul Asad and Josh Peck.
When that amended motion was voted through, effectively ousting Raman as leader, councillors agreed to adjourn the meeting and work towards "a negotiated solution."
Posted on 05/14/2008 11:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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