According to the Sun Will Tuckley, CEO of Tower Hamlets Council, has received two complaint’s over the Momentum supporter’s housing arrangements.
Ms. Begum is believed to have applied for a council flat in 2011 when she was living with her parents before moving in with her then partner Ehtasham Haque in 2014.
Mr Haque is now Labour councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town.
19,000 on housing waiting list
Within a year she and Cllr. Haque split up and six months later Ms. Begum, a single woman with no children, was offered a one bedroom flat on the Isle of Dogs.
According to the Tower Hamlets Council website “The London-wide housing crisis is acute in Tower Hamlets. There are more than 19,000 on the waiting list for housing but the council can only grant 1800 new tenancies a year at the moment.”
In addition to the social housing allegations The Sun also claims that Ms. Begum is facing unspecified allegations relating to the leaking of a list of Labour Party members.
Response from Tower Hamlets Conservatives
Our statement regarding allegations made about Apsana Begum in the national press today. pic.twitter.com/TQVVhazTLX
— TH Conservatives (@THConservatives) November 21, 2019
Response from Tower Hamlets Lib Dems
Andrew Cregan – the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar & Limehouse has issued the following statement.
“Poplar & Limehouse residents are already very concerned that the Labour Party has put forward a hard-left candidate whose only experience in politics appears to be as an adviser to Lutfur Rahman, the disgraced and corrupt former Mayor of Tower Hamlets removed from office by the High Court.
But now we hear that Apsana Begum may also be personally involved in corruption, with a probe launched into the extremely suspicious circumstances of how she leapt to the top of an 18,000-strong housing list.
It is illustrative of the complacency of the Labour Party that takes the votes of East Londoners for granted yet fails to deliver for our communities.”
Council housing boost
The UK Labour Party is launching its general election manifesto today which will include a commitment to dramatically boost the amount of council housing.
It is not known if Ms. Begum will be attending the launch.