Tower Hamlets

Terrorism, Community Safety, Police Cuts And Tower Hamlets

Ohid Ahmed | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ohid Ahmed

For the safety of all our citizens, we must see these cuts reversed nationally and locally. The public rightly need to be kept safe on our streets, and this is surely the most basic of duties that all of us expect from national and local government leaders alike.

Inventors Club Whitechapel: Driving Social Change Through Technology Within London's East End

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Tech
Ibrahim Rahman

My recent adventures in Tower Hamlets have filled me with inspiration. Inventors Club Whitechapel looks forward to 2017 with ambitious projects to continue their mission of highlighting and nurturing young and local talent.

Requiring ID From Voters Protects Us All

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.

Electoral Fraud In Ethnic Minority Communities Ignored Because Of 'Political Correctness'

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics

Women and young people in some ethnic minority communities are being pressured to vote “according to the will of the elders”, the Government’s a...

Britain First Trump Inflammatory Luton 'Christian March' With East London Video

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK

Britain First have released a divisive video of Muslims angrily reacting to their demonstrations in east London as the mayor of Tower Hamlets has call...

Bishop Praises Priests' Beards For 'Reaching Out' To Muslims

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

The Bishop of London has praised two Tower Hamlets priests for growing beards to "reach out" to local Muslims. Richard Chartres said the men - "two...

Individual Voter Registration Will Bring Us Into Line With Every Other Serious Democracy in the World

John Penrose | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Penrose

Under the old system you could register anyone you liked, without having to produce any ID. This meant fraudsters could bag votes for people who didn't actually exist. We saw serious abuse of this flaw in the Tower Hamlets Mayoral elections last year, and the courts have since overturned the election result. In 21st Century Britain ballot stuffing is not acceptable.

What Should We Do About Housing in the East End?

Rabina Khan | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

It's good that housing is now on the national agenda, and that even those in the Westminster bubble has been forced to talk about it. It will take a lot of local campaigning to turn that talk into action.

'Corrupt' Ex-Mayor Still Claiming He's The Mayor

PA | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics

An "official website" is continuing to proclaim a politician as the "mayor" of a London borough - days after he was barred from office. Lutfur Rahm...

Meet Green Maureen: The Straight-talking Senior Standing in Tower Hamlets

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Nezhati

Known as "the lady who attacked the vicar" for his defence of NHS cuts, Maureen Childs is the outspoken chairperson of Green Seniors, fierce advocate for the elderly and Green party candidate for Limehouse and Poplar constituency at the General Election.

Did This Party Stand Outside Polling Stations To Intimidate Voters?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

Voters were "clearly intimidated" by the behaviour of supporters of a party led by the borough mayor Lutfur Rahman, a Labour candidate has told a judg...

The Housing Crisis - What It Is and How We Fix It

Rabina Khan | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

The obscenity of it all is brought home by this: a short walk in one direction from me are some of Britain's most deprived people, and in the other direction are the champagne bars and investment banks of Canary Wharf.

Ask the Right Questions or Stick to Toast

Sean Okundaye | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sean Okundaye

Now I would like to start off by admitting that I am not a huge fan of cereal. It was around the age of 11 when I realised that I don't like how it gets soggy within minutes, nor the fact that unless the milk is just above the threshold of freezing, I find it unpalatable.

Local Councils Must Stand Together to Resist the Cuts

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

The political elite might be able to ignore or shut down a few exasperated councillors. But they could not ignore a surge of localism and defiance from councils up and down the country who have had enough of watching this government place us and our residents in straitjackets.

Muscular Liberalism and the Witch-Hunt of Muslim Schools

Dilly Hussain | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With such harsh intolerance towards Islam under the façade of preventing extremism, this will no doubt have a knock-on effect on community cohesion and how Muslims are perceived by the wider non-Muslim public.

Tower Hamlets and the Dangers of Communal Politics

Rumy Hasan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

This is a lesson that Mr Pickles and his government, as well as the opposition, needs to grasp with alacrity and start to work together to undo the harm that has already been done. Otherwise, we can expect communal, pork barrel politics to increasingly become the norm and so more of the likes of Luftur Rahman running councils and unwelcome Trojan Horses appearing in schools and elsewhere.

Why We All Need Free Education

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

I believe that people like me have a duty to preserve the opportunities we had for future generations. So I'll be supporting the students' 19th November demonstration, and hope that people from our community come out to voice their desire for a fairer education and a better future.

The Housing Crisis Is a National Disgrace, But Together We Can Fix It

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We are hearing a lot about development at the moment. The Mayor of London has released an audacious paper about what London should look like. From the Olympics to the airports debate everyone is excited about the modernising face of London. And yet too often ordinary people are promised affordable homes, then shut out of the development process whilst space is eaten up by unaccountable giants.

Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Douglas Carswell's constituency contains Jaywick, last year named as the country's most deprived area. He styles himself a localist, and so could learn some lessons from us about what a locally-focussed alternative to machine politics really looks like.

The Row Over the New Era Estate Shows the Alliance of Old and New Money

Cat Mcshane | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics
Cat Mcshane

Being a "good landlord" is not one that seeks to make excessive profit out of their tenants, nor play with their security. But in this overheated property market, all the power lies with the person who owns the property, and why wouldn't they want to make the biggest return they can?

This Council STILL Hasn't Finished Counting The Votes From Thursday

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK

An East End London borough has still not completed its council election count more than three days after polls closed. Electoral chiefs at Tower Ha...

Tower Hamlets Deserves Better

John Biggs AM | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Biggs AM

Rahman tries to claim that only he and those who support him have stood up to the EDL and other racist groups so that he can attack anybody who challenges his policies as implicitly racist. The puerile nature of this argument would be laughable were it not so dangerous - it isn't just the right-wing that can stir up community division.

Tory Press Plays Islamophobic 'Dog Whistle'

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Recently the Cross Government Group on Anti Muslim Hatred reported a growing and disturbing trend of hostility towards British Muslims. One statistic stood out in particular - namely that a quarter of young people apparently "do not trust Muslims". I was not surprised in the slightest by the group's further findings.

EDL Leader Charged Over London March

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK

The leader of the English Defence League has been charged over a march by his group in London on Saturday. Tommy Robinson was arrested as the far-r...

Two Arrested As EDL And Muslim Community Hold Demonstrations In Tower Hamlets

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK

UPDATE: English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was arrested in London on the controversial march that was prevented from going through the centr...