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Those FOI 004/18 – Assessment of application to register Aspire emails

Those FOI 004/18 – Assessment of application to register Aspire emails

Many borough residents are getting emails such as the one entitled ‘FOI 004/18– Assessment of application to register Aspire emails’ below from the Electoral Commission which is confusing them.

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How to report electoral fraud concerns in Tower Hamlets

How to report electoral fraud concerns in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council and the Metropolitan Police have launched a new web reporting tool to enable people to report any concerns they might have about possible electoral fraud.

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We need to talk about Tower Hamlets

We need to talk about Tower Hamlets

By on February 18, 2018 in Comment, Corruption, Politics with 2 Comments

The conclusion of our four years close examination of local politics in Tower Hamlets is that corruption is so wide and so entrenched that the borough is beyond saving. It makes no difference who the electorate votes for,  the system will remain the same.

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Chair of Lutfur Rahman’s Aspire Party standing in Spitalfields

Chair of Lutfur Rahman’s Aspire Party standing in Spitalfields

Kalam Choudhury (aka Abu Taher Choudhury), Chair of Lutfur Rahman’s Aspire Party is to be a candidate in Lutfur’s heartland Spitalfields & Banglatown ward in the upcoming May local elections. And Gulam Robbani and Lutfur have fallen out over Ohid. 

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News

The Siege of Wapping: Update 17 February 2018

The Siege of Wapping: Update 17 February 2018

By on February 17, 2018 in Big Half Marathon, Events, Lock-Ins, News with 1 Comment

Further to our previous story revealing that the Big Half Marathon event is scheduled to come through (yes, through) Wapping on Sunday 4th March here is a brief update.  If there is demand LW is quite happy to organise a ‘Wapping Wander’ for tomorrow Sunday 18th February to meet and discuss action. #wappingsiege

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Big Half Marathon event to invade Wapping Sunday 4th March

Big Half Marathon event to invade Wapping Sunday 4th March

Wapping is to be completely disrupted on Sunday 4th March as the ‘Big Half’ marathon event will come through the streets of Wapping as well as along The Highway. This event has been ‘created’ by London Marathon Events Ltd of which Tower Hamlets Council Chief Executive Will Tuckley is a director.

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“Raine’s House will NOT be closed” says John Biggs

“Raine’s House will NOT be closed” says John Biggs

By on February 15, 2018 in News with 0 Comments

This statement just in from Mayor John Biggs clarifying the situation with Raine’s House ahead of the ‘Ask the Mayor’ event at Hermitage School tonight 7.30 – 9pm.

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Mayor Biggs relaunches Youth Services corrupted by Rahman

Mayor Biggs relaunches Youth Services corrupted by Rahman

By on February 15, 2018 in Lutfur Rahman, News, Youth Services with 0 Comments

Tower Hamlets rejuvenated Youth Services has been officially re-launched by Mayor John Biggs after being perverted for political purposes under the administration of Bigg’s predecessor. Youth Services staff under Lutfur Rahman are now believed to have carried out unauthorised spending in the region of £1,000,000 using Council payment cards.

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Terrorism

Terrorist incident at Parsons Green Underground – police bulletin

Terrorist incident at Parsons Green Underground – police bulletin

By on September 15, 2017 in Terrorism with 0 Comments

MPS information bulletin. Police were called at approximately 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September 2017 to Parsons Green Underground Station following reports of a fire on the train.

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Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

By on June 19, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police patrols around mosques and other places of worship in Tower Hamlets and the rest of London have been increased in direct response to the brutal attack in Finsbury Park.“Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack.,” said Mayor John Biggs in a press statement.“This morning my Cabinet Member […]

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London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

By on June 10, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Police has released photos of one of the distinctive pink knives used during the London Bridge terrorist attack in an attempt to trace their origin.The ceramic pink knives were found on or nearby the three attackers after police shot them dead last weekend.The kitchen knives, each measuring 12 inches, are branded Ernesto and are ceramic, […]

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Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

By on June 7, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police have been appealing for information about Xavier Thomas, 45, a French national who had not been seen since the night of the terrorist attack on London Bridge.On Tuesday, 6 June at approximately 19:44hours the body of a man was recovered from the river, near Limehouse, by specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit based at […]

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Investigations

Electoral Commission chief grilled by Police & Crime Committee

Electoral Commission chief grilled by Police & Crime Committee

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee met at City Hall today to examine policing arrangements for the Tower Hamlets mayoral and local elections. The Electoral Commission’s recent decision to allow Lutfur Rahman’s comeback vehicle, the ‘Aspire Party’ to be recognised was also scrutinised.

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Lutfur Rahman struck off – anyone give a corrupt ex-solicitor a job?

Lutfur Rahman struck off – anyone give a corrupt ex-solicitor a job?

By on December 20, 2017 in Corruption, Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets with 2 Comments

Ex-mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman’s name was struck from the solicitors roll today as all charges brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) were found proved.

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Lutfur Rahman verdict – solicitors tribunal judgement imminent

Lutfur Rahman verdict – solicitors tribunal judgement imminent

By on December 19, 2017 in Corruption, Lutfur Rahman with 0 Comments

Lutfur Rahman may discover the reality of his future careers options as early as today as the formal judgement by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal seems to be nearing a conclusion. 

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Tribunal hears evidence of Rahman’s corrupt use of council grants

Tribunal hears evidence of Rahman’s corrupt use of council grants

By on December 19, 2017 in Corruption, Data Stories, Lutfur Rahman with 0 Comments

Evidence of the corrupt allocation of council grants by Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets First has been given at Rahman’s solicitor tribunal hearing.

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Planning

Poplar HARCA Chrisp Street Market regeneration activity roundup

Poplar HARCA Chrisp Street Market regeneration activity roundup

There is lots of activity surrounding the proposal by Poplar HARCA to regenerate Chrisp Street Market at the moment so we thought we would provide you with a general round up of what’s going on.

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Lowder House and Reardon House new build consultation update

Lowder House and Reardon House new build consultation update

By on February 10, 2018 in Events, Planning, Tower Hamlets with 0 Comments

Last Saturday saw the second day of the Reardon House / Lowder House consultation event which was held at 15 Chandler Street, Wapping. Nothing will now be built on the playground or car park outside Readon House in Chandler Street.

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Exploring environment and planning information in Tower Hamlets

Exploring environment and planning information in Tower Hamlets

By on February 7, 2018 in Environment, Planning, Tower Hamlets with 0 Comments

Everyone likes a good map and having taken the momentously stupid decision to start work at 5am this morning we were pleased to discover this cartographic corker which provides environment and planning information for Tower Hamlets.

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Reardon House & Lowder House – proposed infill build of new homes

Reardon House & Lowder House – proposed infill build of new homes

By on January 29, 2018 in Housing, Planning with 0 Comments

The Council is proposing to build new homes on the Reardon House / Lowder House children’s playground, Lowder House car park and Lowder House garages.

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Data Stories

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

By on February 22, 2017 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets, Transport with 0 Comments

Analysis of the published results of the Transport for London (TfL) consultation into proposed changes of the 100 and 388 bus routes show that TfL is ignoring its own data and ignoring the wishes of Wapping residents.In the published consultation results TfL has combined the results of feedback on both the 100 and the 388 bus […]

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Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

By on September 13, 2016 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

One part of ridding Tower Hamlets of a corrupt mayor in 2014 was the proof that council grants were being made on the basis of who you voted for, not what you needed. This was done using ‘Open Data’ published on the council’s website.It is ironic that over a year later, with a democratically elected Labour […]

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DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

The Commissioners sent in by Eric Pickles to sort out Tower Hamlets council have begun to publish the results of their work on the Main Stream Grants (MSG) shambles.Have a look at the bar chart below to see which organisation’s projects have been stopped. Grant funding with ‘red’ status are the ones in – you […]

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Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

By on October 26, 2014 in Data Stories, Investigations with 0 Comments

Using data from End Child Poverty this map shows the variation in child poverty across Tower Hamlets.  At 49% overall our borough has the highest rate in London.For further context on this subject please see Grants Distribution by Ward.This map is best viewed in full screen.  

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Big Half Marathon lock in – email addresses for complaints and comments

By on February 21, 2018 in Big Half Marathon, Events, Lock-Ins with 2 Comments
Big Half Marathon lock in – email addresses for complaints and comments

As the controversy over the Big Half Marathon event swamping Wapping on Sunday 4th March continues we have been asked for email addresses for those in charge of the event so that residents may contact them with their views.

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Big Half Marathon Wapping Lock In – Council says “meh”

By on February 20, 2018 in Big Half Marathon, Events, Lock-Ins with 5 Comments
Big Half Marathon Wapping Lock In – Council says “meh”

Questions about the Big Half Marathon event which is taking over Wapping on Sunday 4th March have been met with a resounding “meh” by Tower Hamlets Council.

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Dramatic video shows moment of Vaughan Way car crash

By on February 15, 2018 in Boy Racers, Car crashes, News with 0 Comments
Dramatic video shows moment of Vaughan Way car crash

Sam and Matt Melbye, owners of EA2 estate agents,  have had both their cars written off in a crash – for the second time. In October 2016 two BMWs belonging to the Wapping couple were destroyed by boy racers in a collision outside EA2 in Wapping High Street. Yesterday the same thing happened again.

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Some questions for Cllr. Ohid Ahmed about ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman

Some questions for Cllr. Ohid Ahmed about ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman

Is Cllr. Ohid Ahmed standing as a proxy candidate for ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman in the 2018 mayoral elections in Tower Hamlets? It is a widely held belief that Cllr. Ohid Ahmed is representing Rahman for the mayoralty as Rahman is banned from seeking election to public office.

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Trick or treating? That free-not-free-lunch puzzle solved

Trick or treating? That free-not-free-lunch puzzle solved

The Wapping Mole has only a very small brain, great for digging but not much else, so Moley was completely baffled by our story about potential voters apparently not being charged for a lunch for which there was a £25 ticket price by mayoral candidate Ohid Ahmed.

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A curious lunch invitation from Lutfur Rahman and Ohid’s Aspire party

A curious lunch invitation from Lutfur Rahman and Ohid’s Aspire party

An invitation to a special lunch event for women sent by text message on behalf of Aspire party mayoral candidate Ohid Ahmed seems to be a cunning plan to baffle the Electoral Commission. But how?

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