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We said to NOT mention the criminal investigation. And you have. Yes – you!

Moley wonders why he bothers sometimes.

He spent quite some time in this previous post making it abundantly clear that none of us should mention the investigation into any alleged criminal or electoral wrongdoing… committed, counselled or procured by a senior figure (or senior figures) within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ between 25 October 2010 and 23 April 2015 and what happens?

Shut it!

You mention it. A lot. Thanks.

But as you – not Moley – have mentioned the subject of the criminal investigation we thought it only fair to relate how mention of this particular criminal investigation can really upset members of Tower Hamlets Thirst / First / Smurfs / Whatever They Call Themselves on Monday to walk out of the Council chamber last week.

Many present were shocked by this extraordinarily dull and predictable non-event. But what caused this mass standing up event?

Because someone MENTIONED THE BLOODY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION that’s why!!!!

Worse than this, not only did they mention the criminal investigation but then, as if they were trying to make a point or something they went and did a motion thing! No respect.

Motion things

First off Cllr. Peter Golds and Cllr. Andrew Wood did a motion thing about Operation Lynemouth.

Then none other than Mayor John Biggs and Cllr. Sirajul Islam went and did another motion thing about Operation Lynemouth!

In our book it is a bit cheeky for these people to move motions about Operation Lynemouth which happens to be – yes, you guessed it –  a criminal investigation investigation into any alleged criminal or electoral wrongdoing committed, counselled or procured by a senior figure (or senior figures) within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets between 25 October 2010 and 23 April 2015!

No wonder some people got upset and walked out.

You can see the text of both motions below, but here are our personal favourite extracts:

From Motion 12.2

“That the residents of the borough will look to the police, electoral officials, political parties, their candidates and supporters to ensure that the elections to be held in 2018 are free, fair and untainted by the malpractice which so damaged the reputation of this borough in 2014.”

and from Motion 12.4

“That every councillor should cooperate fully with any police investigation into criminality, including coming clean about any of their own actions and proactively offering any evidence they may have of wrongdoing.”

Now come on, that is a bit rich. Asking Councillors to obey the law in one motion and then help the police investigations into criminality in another?

No wonder Tower Hamlets First walked out.

12.2 Motion regarding Operation Lynemouth

Proposer: Councillor Peter Golds

Seconder: Councillor Andrew Wood

This council notes the publication of the second interim report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue in respect of Operation Lynemouth, the inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service’s review and reassessment of alleged criminal offences arising from the 2014 mayoral election in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and, in particular, the following important paragraphs:

From Page 12

“It would appear that the original MPS investigation failed to secure pivotal evidence which could have led to further enquiries. Operation Lynemouth has done so and is seeking early advice from the CPS as to whether the evidence provides realistic opportunities for investigation and prosecution.”

From Page 14

“The MPS’s fraud squad considered ten matters during the original investigation, including allegations of fraud, bribery, perjury and tax evasion, but did not make any arrests. Operation Lynemouth has already identified potential evidential opportunities, although there is still much work to be done.”

The council further notes:

That the residents of the borough will look to the police, electoral officials, political parties, their candidates and supporters to ensure that the elections to be held in 2018 are free, fair and untainted by the malpractice which so damaged the reputation of this borough in 2014.

The Council:

Calls on political parties and electoral officials to ensure that the corporate council itself remains impartial and remains apart from the political process and that council services and facilities are not used by candidates for political purposes.

The Council further:

Calls on all members and political parties when required, not to use council owned parks and facilities for political and electoral events.

12.4 Motion regarding Operation Lynemouth

Proposer: Mayor John Biggs

Seconder: Councillor Sirajul Islam

This Council notes:

  1. That Operation Lynemouth has published its second interim report, which is investigating ‘any alleged criminal or electoral wrongdoing… committed, counselled or procured by a senior figure (or senior figures) within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ between 25 October 2010 and 23 April 2015.This Council believes that:
  2. Although, as was stated in the election Court judgement ‘the election of all THF (Tower Hamlets First) Councillors must be taken to have been achieved with the benefit of the corrupt and illegal practices’, all councillors in Tower Hamlets have alegal and moral duty to support the police investigation into the wrongdoing of the past;
  3. While many councillors who were elected as part of Tower Hamlets First still serve on the Council in the Tower Hamlets Independent Group and the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets, including potentially two Mayoral Election candidates, and that they remain in denial about the corrupt regime which they were a part of, all sitting councillors and the Mayor have a personal responsibility to address the failures and criminality of the Lutfur Rahman administration and help the borough moveforward. We note with sadness that while a majority accept this responsibility a sizeable minority clearly do not.This Council resolves:
  4. To welcome and fully support the HMIC investigation into alleged criminal offences arising from the 2014 mayoral election;
  5. That every councillor should cooperate fully with any police investigation into criminality, including coming clean about any of their own actions and proactively offering any evidence they may have of wrongdoing;
  6. To work to ensure the highest possible standards in the coming election and consign the electoral fraud of the previous administration to the past;
  7. To condemn in the strongest possible terms the illegality of the former mayor.

You can read the full motions here: Non-Executive Report of the: Council 22 November 2017 (PDF) but only as long as you promise to not mention the criminal investigation. Right?






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