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Greenbankgate – the story

Greenbankgate. If only I lived on the Front Garden Estate. But as I live on the Green Bank Estate in Wapping, Tower Hamlets, Greenbankgate will have to do.

This story arose simple because one day in November 2013 three very nice ladies knocked on my door, introduced themselves as being from Tower Hamlets Homes and asked me how Mayor Lutfur Rahman could help me?

Point being that Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) is an ‘Arms Length Management Organisation’ or ALMO. It is a distinct and separate legal identity to Tower Hamlets Council. THH just look after numerous estates throughout the Borough.

I happen to live on one of the estates, and very nice it is too.

And one thing THH staff do not do is any canvassing on behalf of any political parties.

From that day events moved quickly.

With commendable speed THH launched an investigation. The conclusion of this was that the three women were not employed by THH.

After I had written a blog post about this event the incident was the focus of a Tower Hamlets Council meeting.

I knew nothing of the Council meeting beforehand and only realised something was going on when I read the Twitter stream of Ted Jeory.

In an effort to discover the identity of the three women I filed a FOI request with Tower Hamlets Council.

As a result of that I was also interviewed by a Head of Service at Tower Hamlets Council who concluded that the three women were not Tower Hamlets Council employees.

So who were they then?

Sherlock, Tower Hamlets needs you! At least we have the Wapping Mole to help us solve this tricky puzzle.

Greenbankgate Post Archive

THH did not authorise distribution of newsletter with RK leaflet

THH did not authorise distribution of newsletter with RK leaflet

Update 14:34 It has been pointed out that the original headline should have read “THH did not authorise distribution of newsletter with any other materials” but that just didn’t fit.Update update 14:41: This one does.Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) have released a public statement revealing that the THH ‘Open Door’ newsletters that were delivered with Rabina Khan for […]

Rabina Khan’s election leaflets delivered inside THH newsletter

Rabina Khan’s election leaflets delivered inside THH newsletter

Election leaflets for Independent Mayoral candidate Rabina Khan are being delivered inside Tower Hamlets Homes newsletters across Wapping. The leaflets urging residents of the Green Bank Estate in Wapping E1W to ‘Vote Rabina Khan for Mayor of Tower Hamlets’ were neatly folded inside the Tower Hamlets Homes leaflet.

Greenbankgate: More lies presented as the truth

Greenbankgate: More lies presented as the truth

Well that was interesting was it not? For those loyal readers (both of you) who have been following the ‘Greenbankgate’ saga since its start back in 2013 the details of the report into the ‘dodgy canvassers’ who came knocking on the door of LW HQ should be some small reward for all the political crap […]

The ex-Mayor and the [REDACTED] canvassers

The ex-Mayor and the [REDACTED] canvassers

By on May 2, 2015 in Greenbankgate, Investigations with 0 Comments

This is a text version of a report into the possibility that Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) staff might have been using their position for electoral canvassing, or that they or members of the council staff were being impersonated for this purpose during the May 2014 Mayoral election.LW was given this report at the start of the electoral petition […]

Christmas comes early to Tower Hamlets as DCLG takes control

Christmas comes early to Tower Hamlets as DCLG takes control

Today two Commissioners appointed by the Department for Culture and Communities (DCLG) Secretary Eric Pickles have now taken over control of key roles at Tower Hamlets Council, effectively neutering the Tower Hamlets First administration and putting real public servants in charge of our great borough.Mayor Lutfur Rahman has been stripped of key powers.Whoopee! Start of […]

Commons statement re Tower Hamlets Council by Eric Pickles (full text)

Commons statement re Tower Hamlets Council by Eric Pickles (full text)

The text below is taken verbatim from Hansard and covers the statement to the House of Commons by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where he outlines the governments response to the PwC report on London Borough of Tower Hamlets council, and the exchanges in the House afterwards.12.36 pmThe Secretary of […]

Tower Hamlets elections – details of allegations against Mayor Lutfur by High Court petitioners emerge

Tower Hamlets elections – details of allegations against Mayor Lutfur by High Court petitioners emerge

Thanks to Ted Jeory who tweets breaking news even when he is on holiday some details are beginning to surface of the allegations against Mayor Lutfur Rahman by the High Court petitioners who consider the elections should be run again.For those of you who have never met Ted he is the one behind the thumb in the photo […]

The mystery canvassers, the Mayor, Ms. Parchment, Alibor Choudhury and the shredder- Greenbankgate

The mystery canvassers, the Mayor, Ms. Parchment, Alibor Choudhury and the shredder- Greenbankgate

By on May 15, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

With only a week to go before the elections in Tower Hamlets it seems the perfect time to report on the latest weary saga that is Greenbankgate.Yesterday I received a reply from my last letter to Tower Hamlets council. I had been told the handwritten notes taken by the still unidentified mysterious canvassers had been shredded. How […]

Mayor Lufur, the shredded documents and the mystery canvassers

Mayor Lufur, the shredded documents and the mystery canvassers

By on April 2, 2014 in Elections 2014, Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

It’s been a quiet week in Wapping and in Tower Hamlets in general. Apart from the BBC 1 Panorama documentary into Mayor Lutfur of course. Oh and the coverage in the national press. And the investigation by the MPS into some canvassing issue. And the distinct possibility that the DCLG Communities Secretary Mr Pickles may […]

Who has been shredding incriminating documents Mayor Lutfur?

Who has been shredding incriminating documents Mayor Lutfur?

By on March 29, 2014 in Elections 2014, Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

I am a little annoyed as it’s a lovely day in Wapping and I want to go and photograph the Egyptian Geese. Or, as Cllr. Alibor Choudhury would call it, do some ‘perving’.But no perving for me today, I am stuck here writing. Because sometimes you need to tell people what is going on right […]

Metropolitan Police start investigation into Greenbankgate

Metropolitan Police start investigation into Greenbankgate

By on March 25, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

It’s amazing what you read in the newspapers.After a blissful period of doing nothing whatsoever to do with blogging at all the entire Love Wapping team were shocked and amazed to see this headline in today’s Evening Standard.Lutfur Rahman: ‘bogus officials canvassed for Tower Hamlets mayor before East End ballot’“Crikey!”, the entire team said in […]

Mystery canvassers on Greenbank – time for the Electoral Commission to investigate?

Mystery canvassers on Greenbank – time for the Electoral Commission to investigate?

By on February 26, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

Many thanks to Cllr. Kabir Ahmed (Independent / Tower Hamlets First) for refreshing my memory about Greenbankgate. I almost forgot!For the full background to Greenbankgate, including why it is not called Frontgardengate, click here.The only problem with Freedom of Information (FOI) requests is that they can take a little while to be processed and the […]

Cllr. Alibor Choudhury reveals identity of Greenbankgate canvassers (and calls Love Wapping a pervert too)

Cllr. Alibor Choudhury reveals identity of Greenbankgate canvassers (and calls Love Wapping a pervert too)

By on February 6, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 3 Comments

Ah Greenbankgate! It seems like only yesterday that the Three Mysterious Lady Canvassers knocked on the door of my humble abode.Now here we are three months later and for some odd reason this story refuses to go away.Here is the latest episode where Cllr. Alibor Choudhury admits that the canvassers worked for him and his […]

Let’s add some Data Protection Act disclosure sauce to the FOI mix!

Let’s add some Data Protection Act disclosure sauce to the FOI mix!

By on January 20, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 1 Comment

In all the excitement I think I forgot to mention that today I have also made a submission to London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council (LBTH) under the Data Protection Act.Admit it, you are hooked now, aren’t you?To be honest it is not that much different from the FOI requests I have made, but this […]

Another day, another FOI request to Tower Hamlets Council

Another day, another FOI request to Tower Hamlets Council

By on January 20, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

If you are getting bored of reading these posts just think how bored I am writing them.Freedom of Information Request 20 January 2014 “Sorry to bother you again but I was wondering if you could help me out with this please?I live on the Green Bank Estate in Watts Street, Wapping. On the afternoon of […]

If at FOIst you don’t succeed FOI and FOI again.

If at FOIst you don’t succeed FOI and FOI again.

By on January 20, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

Having lots of things to do today I thought I would spend this afternoon writing some nice FOI requests.Then tomorrow I can do what I was going to do today. Maybe.Anyway…. Submitted this FOI today. “This is further to my FOI request 9653 (December 2013).On the 7th November 2013 three women knocked on my door […]

And the identity of the Three Mysterious Canvassers is…

And the identity of the Three Mysterious Canvassers is…

By on January 20, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 5 Comments

Dunno.This morning I received a response to my FOI request (9653) to Tower Hamlets Council asking who the three nice ladies were who came knocking on my door.This is the text of the response, PDF original is below for you to download. ” SFOI 9653 – Three women who knocked on my doorI would like to […]

Greenbankgate the Movie: More women, more details, more mystery.

Greenbankgate the Movie: More women, more details, more mystery.

By on January 16, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 1 Comment

Look, I don’t go looking for this sort of thing. Honest.But it just so happens that I was at home today on the glorious Green Bank Estate when I noticed two women sitting on the wall outside.Being the paranoid type I had a quick squint at them through the blinds. I was worried they might […]

Greenbankgate: another letter from Mayor Lutfur

Greenbankgate: another letter from Mayor Lutfur

By on January 11, 2014 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

I am I the only person in Tower Hamlets who is getting so many letters from Mayor Lutfur Rahman that I have difficulty keeping track of them? OK it’s flattering and all that but soon people will start talking… [Editors Note: They already have.]Either way I am in good company as the Mayor seems to […]

Three ‘kings’ canvassing for Father Christmas in Wapping

Three ‘kings’ canvassing for Father Christmas in Wapping

By on December 25, 2013 in Greenbankgate with 0 Comments

The entire Love Wapping Team was just beginning the task of peeling a large quantity of sprouts this morning when there was a knock on my door.Now due to previous events the whole Team are now slightly nervous about unexpected visitors, but on Christmas Day what could go wrong?The other Team members told me to […]

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