In response to questions by LW and numerous local politicians the Electoral Commission has now confirmed the names associated with the application for the Aspire Party.
Proposed officers for Aspire Party
The Election Commission states that the proposed officers for the Aspire Party are as follows:
Leader: Kalam Mahmud Abu Taher Choudhury
Treasurer: Jahed Bokth Choudhury
Nominating officer: Lilian Collins
This information is not available to the public on the Commission’s website.
Different name, similar logo, same officers
Kalam Mahmud Abu Taher Choudhury (left) is chaired Lutfur Rahman’s comeback meeting in 2017 and is Chief Editor of the weekly Bangla Post newspaper and the editor of the weekly London Bangla newspaper.
Jahed Bokth Choudhury is both supporter of and next door neighbour to Cllr. Ohid Ahmed, the former mayor’s proxy mayoral candidate for the mayoral election in May.
Deja vu? Nah, it really is the same people
Both LW readers might think they have read the paragraphs above before.
That’s because they have – both Kalam Mahmud Abu Taher Choudhury and Jahed Bokth Choudhury (right) were named as Leader and Treasurer respectively in the previous attempt by Lutfur Rahman to register Tower Hamlets Together with the Commission earlier this year.
The one change from the Tower Hamlets Together application is that the Aspire Party nominating officer is Lilian Collins.
Close associate of Rahman
Ms. Lillian Collins is another close associate of Lutfur Rahman and LW can only hope that her dedication to his cause has been appropriately rewarded over the years.
Indeed so close is ‘Lill’ Collins to Lutfur Rahman that she had the honour of sitting at his right hand at the launch of the then freshly corruptly elected executive mayor on Saturday 24th May.
Campaigner for Poplar Baths redevelopment
The Poplar Baths redevelopment was just one Rahman’s pet projects that Lill Collins supported. She was a tireless campaigner for the redevelopment and also Chair of Poplar Baths Steering Group.
Despite the £36m cost of redeveloping Poplar Baths local residents have noted that not many people actually use it.
Looks nice though.
Lill Collins is also known for her meticulous guardianship of the Teviot Hall community centre at 156 St. Leonard’s Road Poplar which, despite being a brand new building, lay unused for many years.
Statement by Electoral Commission
The Commission carefully considers all applications to be registered against the criteria set out in the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA). Where an application meets the statutory tests, the Commission must register the party.Statement by Electoral Commission
While the Commission must only apply the rules set out in PPERA in relation to the registration of a political party, we have taken steps to enable the transparency of the party registration process.
For example, the applied-for identity marks of all complete applications that are submitted to the Commission are placed on our website and members of the public or political parties are invited to submit their views on them.
Feedback, which is in relation to the statutory tests that the Commission must apply to political party registrations, is taken into account before the Commission makes any final decision on an application to register.