Allegations of serious misconduct including fraud and corruption by Tower Hamlets Youth Service personnel under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman have emerged after a remarkable speech by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rachel Saunders at the town hall last week.Youth Services normal role is to engage youth on the street and provide them with activities to keep them […]
Our local MP Jim Fitzpatrick has scheduled an Adjournment debate on the Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets in the House of Commons on Monday 18th April. Jim has already asked numerous questions in the House about corruption in the borough.An Adjournment debate is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end […]
This is a guest post by Angela Moffatt, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office and is now considering bringing a private prosecution against him. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW. In 2010 I […]
This is a guest post by Andy Erlam, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW. While the Election Petitioners continue to try to obtain their £500,000 legal fees from […]
Two Tower Hamlets residents are considering bringing a private prosecution against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman alleging conspiracy to defraud the Returning Officer, misfeasance in public officer and fraud (of course!). Community activists Angela Moffatt and Cathy Holmes have decided to take this step after last week’s decision by the Metropolitan police not to prosecute election offenders, a decision […]
Our Wapping Wildlife Rangers are delighted to report that the pump for the canal is being fixed. Our Eastern Patrol Team were out on, er, patrol this afternoon when they came upon a hive of activity in Wapping Woods just behind 21 Wapping Lane.Our Rangers sneaked a peek into the entrance of the well and were a little […]
Wapping is famous for ‘coffee, bars and grooming’ according to a new bar opening in Thomas More Square. Which will come as a surprise to anyone living, working or even vaguely familiar with Wapping E1W as the description sounds like complete bollocks.Even better is the news that the new venture (sorry, innovative, experiential blended concept) will be called […]
Fun / boring as it is to watch people running themselves into the ground for the sake of good causes the annual London marathon is not great news for Wapping residents.Because we all get locked in on Sunday 24th April. Road closures mean that if you drive you need to move your car outside of […]
The four Commissioners sent in to take financial control of Tower Hamlets Council by central government are to remain in place, Mr Pickles successor at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Greg Clark MP stating that “lost time and lack of progress in certain areas of the intervention” are one of the reasons for the decision.In […]
All Tower Hamlets residents are invited to attend the Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Board Community Safety Awards 2015 and Public Engagement Event on the evening of Tuesday 22nd March.The Awards aim to recognise the community’s important contribution in making Tower Hamlets a safer place during 2015, with awards being presented by borough dignitaries in 5 categories.Registration […]
Anti-corruption campaigner Andy Erlam said today that a new private prosecution and/or judicial review was being actively considered by campaigners and their lawyers. Erlam was one of four electoral petitioners who successfully mounted a civil change to the result of the 2014 Tower Hamlets Mayoral election.Erlam condemned the Met police decision to drop the Tower […]
Drama on Limehouse Basin Marina today as our entire team of LW Wildlife Rangers (Marine Division) were deployed to build a floating coot nest and save two new born coot chicks from drowning.Although coot (Fulica atra) chicks can swim as soon as they are born they cannot jump. In this case our Rangers were informed that the […]
The Wapping swans may only have the one cygnet this year but they protect their territory with the same resolution as ever. This afternoon one of our visiting geese made the mistake of enjoying a slow cruise along the canal in the late afternoon sunshine. Result? See below.All as normal.
While we may only have one cygnet we always have Colin the Cormorant who has been displaying his amazing fishing skills in Wapping canal recently. The photographs below were taken on two separate days this week. Day One – Fishes My Precious!As the Love Wapping Wildlife Documentary Team (West Wapping Branch) were busy trying to […]
It seems that only one of the nine eggs that the Wapping swans laid on their nest has hatched. Sad news that it is we should all consider ourselves lucky we have these lovely animals in our community and make sure we keep an eye out for them.Thanks to everyone who has not revealed the location […]
Great news this week as there have been several sighting of Kevin the Kingfisher doing his fishing and flying thing in Wapping canal opposite Tobacco Dock.Responding to reports we sent our entire Love Wapping Ornithology (West Wapping Branch) crew along but so far they have seen not a thing. The photo below is from 2014.We […]
Our Wapping swans have six eggs on their nest and, as our swans tend to breed earlier than most places, it is highly likely we will have some new cygnets soon.Our Wildlife Rangers have been carrying out checks on the nest twice a day recently and as ever it is good to see lots of other […]
An update from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into their investigation into the alleged data theft from Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) in 2015 which would seem to indicate that the ICO are not just looking at what went on in Tower Hamlets Homes: “Our investigation into the wider circumstances of this incident is still ongoing. We can’t […]
Whatever the MPS has or has not been up to for the last couple of years in Tower Hamlets there is one investigation that has yet to be completed – the apparent data theft of the personal details of thousands of Tower Hamlets Homes tenants for the purposes of electioneering.Fortunately the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), […]
Tower Hamlets council has started an investigation into payments of over £300,000 to a non-existent local charity for ten years despite repeated warnings. Docklands Handicapped Group was removed from the Charity Commission register in March 2000.
Nearly a year after directly-elected Mayor Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of electoral corruption and banned from office it seems that no laws have been broken in Tower Hamlets. Not even slightly bent.
Our MP Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour, Poplar and Limehouse) has been persistently asking questions in the House of Commons about the status of investigations into Tower Hamlets corruption.Despite the disappointing hopeless inept just plain sad statement LW managed to wrangle out of the Metropolitan Police yesterday investigations by Tower Hamlets residents will continue. Jim is leading […]
Previously on Love Wapping...
Nearly a year after Lutfur Rahman was dismissed from office the Met Police have finally published a comprehensive statement answering questions by LW regarding investigations into any electoral crime investigations in Tower Hamlets.The answer? “After full consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service a decision has been made that there is insufficient evidence that criminal offences […]
Mayor John Biggs gave a ‘State of the Borough’ speech at a Council meeting at the town hall last which is reproduced below. This is a party political statement which is why you can find the original on the Tower Hamlets Labour site but LW thought it worth reproducing here as the last 12 months […]
“Hyperlocal publishers to keep watch over local government?” A pompous headline if ever the LW editorial team wrote one. And we have written a few. “Mr Pompous wins local Being Very Pompous competition” being one of them. Pompous the headline may be but accurate it is.There is a school of thought that blames the historic abuses […]
A Planning Application (PA/15/03098 ) has been lodged with the Council to request that the public access gates to Tower Bridge Wharf should be closed at 6pm due to continuing Anti Social Behaviour in the area.Specifically PA/15/03098 is a variation of the original Planning Permission PA/03/01493 of 03/02/2004 to allow gates to Tower Bridge Wharf 86 […]
Two school children squabbling in the playground over who is the rightful owner of a ball is an unpleasant spectacle at the best of times. When the two children are grown men and the ‘ball’ in question is the Mayoralty of our capital city the spectacle sums up all that is wrong with our politics.Fact is […]
Most people in Wapping have not heard anything about the school that is to be built on the London Dock site recently, so Moley, prompted by a concerned parent, has been doing some digging.Clear and concise information was surprisingly tricky to unearth but fortunately our local Councillor Julia “Jingle Bells” Dockerill has been on the […]