Details of the individuals who may become the officers of Lutfur Rahman’s comeback political party, Tower Hamlets Together, have been provided to us by reliable sources this week although the status of the application is unclear.
Kalam Mahmud Abu Taher Choudhury
Leader of Tower Hamlets Together is Kalam Mahmud Abu Taher Choudhury who chaired Lutfur’s comeback meeting and is Chief Editor of the weekly Bangla Post newspaper which apparently is “a beacon of truth and a bridge between communities here and abroad” and Editor of the weekly London Bangla newspaper.
From these details it is safe to assume that Lutfur Rahman’s political activities will not be neglected by this section of the British Bangla press.
Kabir Ahmed Hussain
Nominating Officer is Kabir Ahmed Hussain, not much is known about this gentleman so if he wants to send us a brief biography please do!
Jahed Bokth Choudhury
Treasurer is Jahed Bokth Choudhury (left), both supporter of and next door neighbour to Ohid Ahmed, the former Mayor’s preferred Mayoral candidate.
He does seem to be a key figure in Tower Hamlets Bangladeshi community however in addition to his backing Lutfur.
Only one other officer is named, Homayra Begum, who it seems is the wife of Cllr. Md. Maium Miah.
These officer details are not available on the Electoral Commission website which only has one reference to Tower Hamlets Together here.
Since LW revealed that Lutfur Rahman was making his comeback there have been some interesting reactions.
“Gosh! How was that allowed to happen?”
Every borough resident LW has spoken to has expressed a combination of amazement and confusion that Lutfur Rahman is back in the game. Most of these reactions are unprintable.
Central Government was as surprised as anyone by this development, as the first the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) heard about was when someone brought LW’s post to their attention.
This swiftly resulted in a letter from the DCLG to the Electoral Commission asking them to carry out a ‘forensic review’ of the application.
Sir Eric Pickles, Mayor John Biggs and Cllr. Peter Golds have appeared on television with their reactions.
Oddly neither Lutfur Rahman or any of the proposed Tower Hamlets Together officers have accepted any invitation to appear on television news.
For those who are interested you can find the Electoral Commission’s guidelines on registering a political party here. (PDF file).
We have had a quick read of this there are some highlights from the Electoral Commission document below.
- Registration of a political party is not compulsory. Candidates can contest elections without being a party being registered.
- You can stand for election without being a of a party. If you don’t register with the Electoral Commission you can use the word ‘Independent to identify yourself on ballot papers or have no description.
- As part of your application, you have to submit a party constitution. This is the document (or documents) which shows the structure and organisation of your party and should set out the arrangements for your party’s governance and the rules for carrying out its business.
LW and many others across the borough look forward to reading the constitution of Tower Hamlets Together.
We could not see any reference to who can be a political candidate. Presumably anyone? Corruptly elected councillors? None of this is directly relevant to Rahman of course as he is not named on the Tower Hamlets Together party application (as far as we have been told).
Which means it seems highly probably that there is no legal impediment to the formation of
Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party.