Lib Dems Select Lutfur Rahman’s Protege as MEP Candidate

After their absolute car crash last time the Lib Dems adopted a former Lutfur Rahman-backed candidate, you would think they would be more careful not to select someone associated with the disgraced former Tower Hamlets Mayor in future. Apparently not, as they’ve now selected Rahman’s hand-picked successor in Tower Hamlets as an MEP candidate – Rabina Khan. She’s been on quite a journey:

  • May 2010: Khan is elected as a Labour Councillor in Shadwell
  • Oct 2010: Khan leaves Labour to join newly-elected mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Cabinet
  • May 2014: Re-elected as Councillor for Rahman’s new Tower Hamlets First party
  • April 2015: Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets First found guilty of “corrupt and illegal practices”, THF is disbanded and Rahman’s election is voided although Khan and other THF Councillors keep their seats
  • May 2015: Khan stands in the subsquent Mayoral by-election as Rahman’s chosen successor, losing to Labour
  • Nov 2016: Khan splits from the Rahman-supporting independents to form her own party, the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets (PATH)
  • May 2018: Khan places second in the Mayoral election again but all other PATH Councillors except her lose their seats
  • Aug 2018: Khan dissolves PATH and joins the Lib Dems, along with the now disgraced former PATH councillor Abjol Miah
  • April 2019: Khan selected by Lib Dems as an MEP candidate for London

Only time will tell where Khan’s long and winding political journey takes her next. However, she’ll fit right in in Brussels – an FoI request previously revealed Khan claimed a staggering £1,085 for taxi fares in just 8 months while serving in Rahman’s Cabinet, including £120 for a 1.5-mile trip. From one gravy train to another…

Labour and Lib Dem Balls-Up Lets Lutfur Rahman Back In Tower Hamlets

Guido readers will have been following the collective calamities of the Labour and Lib Dem campaigns in the Shadwell by-election in Tower Hamlets, with Labour selecting a fan of a banned pro-bin Laden hate preacher while the Lib Dems were forced to ditch their candidate altogether just a day before the vote after Guido revealed some of the deeply anti-Semitic content he had posted online. Tom Brake is wishing he’d done his research before turning out to support him last month…

Both candidates still went on to fight yesterday’s by-election, with Labour’s Asik Rahman ultimately losing by 98 votes to the candidate for the new ‘Aspire’ Party, Mohammed Harun Miah. It won’t surprise anyone to learn who is behind Aspire – none other than rotten former Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman. Rahman is gearing up for another mayoral run in 2022 after his personal ban for a litany of electoral offences expires in 2021…

Rahman had previously given his personal endorsement to the Lib Dems’ disgraced ex-candidate Abjol Miah back in 2012, while the local Lib Dem campaign this time round was heavily targeted against Labour, helping Rahman’s new man Mohammad Harun Miah sneak in and giving the country’s most corrupt local politician his first electoral foothold back in Tower Hamlets. A Miah coincidence…?

Lib Dems Quietly Ditch Anti-Semitic Candidate

Earlier this week Guido reported on the Liberal Democrat candidate for a local by-election in the rotten borough of Tower Hamlets. Their candidate, Abjol Miah, had shared deeply anti-Semitic content including a video by former KKK leader David Duke. He also tweeted alleging Jews are joining ISIS, and Zionist Jew Bill Maher“. 

After Guido’s article, the Lib Dems quietly suspended Miah as a candidate and a member of the party and have suspended their Shadwell campaign altogether. So far the Labour Party look to be sticking by their hate preacher fan candidate in the same election…

The suspension will come as news to Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, who was pictured with Miah at an election hustings just last month.

Miah has been pretty promiscuous with his party affiliations over the years – he’s stood for George Galloway’s Respect Party, crooked Lutfur Rahmen’s Tower Hamlets First and its successor the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets. Despite Miah campaigning for Sadiq Khan, Guido hears that the Labour Party refused to take him on as a candidate. After all that seems like the Lib Dems were the only party who were willing take him on…

UPDATE: This story originally misidentified the timing of the picture with Tom Brake as this week – it was in fact taken on the 7th January. Brake has denied knowing he was backing an anti-semitic candidate…

Your Local Lib Dem Candidate in Tower Hamlets

After Guido brought you the news that Labour’s candidate for this Thursday’s by-election in Tower Hamlets is a big fan of a banned Bin Laden hate preacher, the Lib Dems (fresh from re-admitting David “the Jews” Ward) have seemingly sought to get in on the controversy too. They have selected Abjol Miah as their candidate for the Shadwell Ward – that’s him on the right in the picture above with Vince Cable. As you can see, Abjol’s social media activity is quite something…

Miah, who campaigned for Sadiq Khan in 2016, wasn’t very active on Twitter before this year, but one thing he did choose to share was video from former Ku Klux Klan chief David Duke, which attempts to show that Jews, or as he calls them – ‘Zios’, run the world. He even refers to Obama as “Ziobama”. The long-suffering voters of Tower Hamlets must almost be missing the days of full-on electoral fraud with a choice of candidates this bad…

Tower Hamlets Labour Council Bosses Award Themselves Vast Pay Rises

Eye-watering story from the Love Wapping website, who say they have got hold of internal documents that reveal one of the first orders of business for the new Labour council in Tower Hamlets has been to give themselves a giant pay rise costing a total of almost £400,000. These are the proposed increases to the Special Responsibility Allowances for senior Labour council figures:

How can they justify this to residents of one of the most deprived areas of London?

Tower Hamlets Tories Raise “Serious Concerns” Over Count

Tory councillors and activists are preparing a report for the Electoral Commission after becoming concerned about at last Friday’s “chaotic” Tower Hamlets count. Multiple sources at the heavily policed count described alleged failings including:

  • Failure to replace all teams of counters between the mayoral count (Thursday night) and the council count (Friday afternoon);
  • Both the council ballot verification process (Thursday night) and the count itself being “very disorganised”. Observers said staff seemed unsure how to verify and count split votes, so political counting agents and candidates had to explain to them how to do it…

Suspicions intensified when the result for the Island Gardens was announced: it put Conservative group leader Peter Golds in 4th place. The Tories asked for a recheck because this didn’t match up with their tallies. Golds went from fourth place to second place after the recheck…

On polling day numerous issues had been reported including EU citizens being turned away at polling stations. Golds told Guido:

“Anyone who tries to describe what happened on Friday as a count should reconsider their opinion. The whole thing was a complete and utter shambles. From start to finish the count was totally disorganised, staff didn’t know what they were doing, with ballot papers being misplaced and counting procedures made up on the spot. Following government directions the council have had years to prepare for this election. We were still the last authority in the country to declare a result and there are still concerns that several results may not be correct.”

“The Electoral Commission have serious questions to answer, they need to look carefully at what happened here and sort out the legitimate concerns that people have for over elections once and for all.”

An Electoral Commission spokesman said:

“While it took time for Tower Hamlets to complete its count and declare results for all 20 wards, the processes and procedures that were put in place to address past issues were well managed. Representatives from the Electoral Commission were present throughout the Tower Hamlets count, no issues were raised with them Anyone who does have concerns should contact the Returning Officer for Tower Hamlets.”

Meanwhile, Labour’s re-elected mayor in Tower Hamlets proclaimed the borough has “moved on” from its history of corruption issues. Not quite…

Lutfur Rahman Loses Appeal, Remains Banned from Standing

Lutfur Rahman this morning lost the latest stage of his legal bid to overturn a ban barring him from running for office for five years. The former Tower Hamlets mayor – who was removed, banned and ordered to pay £250,000 costs after being found guilty of electoral fraud in 2015 – had asked two high court judges to reconsider the ban. Another attempt by Rahman to overturn the ban failed in January last year; he will remain barred from standing until 2020. Tower Hamlets is well rid of him…

Oh No, What a Shame: Lutfur Rahman Relaunch Bombs

Disgraced Lutfur Rahman’s attempt to return to politics is veering from disaster to disaster. Last week the Electoral Commission rejected his plans to register a new political party. Now it emerges Rahman will face a Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority tribunal. Rahman was found guilty of illegal practices by an Election Court in 2015; the SRA will argue that he brought disgrace on the legal profession. The Law Society Gazette reports:

“The SRA alleges Rahman thereby failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.”

Rahman’s tribunal begins on 7th March and is listed for four days. Will he go the way of Phil Shiner and get kicked out of legal profession?

Ta-Rahman! Crooked Lutfur Set to Be Struck Off as Solicitor

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It looks like crooked former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is going to be banned from practising as a solicitor. He faces being struck off by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after their investigation found he failed to “uphold the rule of law”, and that he did not “act with integrity” or “behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and the provision of legal services.” The decision will be made in August, though with the High Court having found him guilty of bribery and corruption it looks a formality. What a shame.

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