Will corruptly elected Tower Hamlets Cllr. Oliur Rahman stand for parliament in the 8th June election? That is the question on his own lips and he doesn’t seem to know. Rumour has it that he will stand against Rushanari Ali for the Bethnal Green and Bow seat.
Cllr. Oliur describes Ms. Ali as “a backstabbing and disloyal MP”. Charming.
According to Cllr. Oliur “I am now seriously considering standing for Bethnal Green & Bow constituency Alhamdullah I have the blessing & support of key leaders of my ward (Stepney Green) that is the ward I call my home and been Cllr since 2004. I will make my Final decision very soon, Inshallah.”
Update 17:15 hrs 20 April 2017
Oops! Seems that at his local ward meeting yesterday Cllr. Oliur found very little enthusiasm (or interest) for his parliamentary ambitions and only a few people out of the 30 present voted to support him.
Instead they told him in no uncertain terms to distance himself from Lutfur.
Such are the trials of political life.
Oliur’s Welfare Clinic Show
If the corruptly elected councillor does decide to throw his hat into the ring (and what a hat it is!) then his current role as a TV presenter at LB24tv may come into question. Every week Cllr. Oliur is host of the “Welfare Clinic” show where he and his guests discusses anything to do with welfare such as housing, benefits, and how it affects the vulnerable in our society.
Last week’s topic for discussion was ‘Bangladeshi Community & Unity’ which sounds more like a political issue than a welfare issue.
Whatever the final decision of Cllr. Oliur the key question is exactly which party he will be representing.
Oliur has an interesting history as he changes his political allegiance more often than many change their underpants.
So far (and it is only Thursday) Oliur has covered most aspects of the left-wing political spectrum.
In 2006 he stood in St Dunstan’s & Stepney Green as a candidate of George Galloway’s Respect party and was elected.
Then in 2010 he hopped over to the Labour Party and was elected again in St Dunstan’s & Stepney Green ward.
By 2014 he had tired of Labour and so joined Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party and again stood in Stepney Green and was elected.
After the judgement of the electoral court that Lutfur Rahman and all his agents (including Cllr. Oliur) had been elected corruptly Tower Hamlets First members morphed yet again into ‘Independent’ candidates. Or a group of independent candidates. Which some cynics might call a political party.
In 2017 ‘Mr Switcher’ now represents Stepney Green as both member of and leader of the Tower Hamlets Independent Group. Whatever that is.
Not content with being an ‘Independent’ Cllr. Oliur is also a member of Momentum as can be seen from this extract from his declaration of interests.
Now Momentum exists to build on the energy and enthusiasm from the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign apparently (good luck with that). Checking that Momentum constitution we found this:
That’s all nice and clear. So Cllr. Oliur has to be a Labour Party member or have been suspended from Labour to be a member of Momentum.
Which then means Cllr. Oliur Rahman is a Independent councillor on Tower Hamlets councillor who is also a Labour Party member and a member of Momentum.
Any bets on which party banner he may yet grasp in the hope of getting elected to Westminster?
Tower Hamlets Conservatives be on your guard!