Tower Hamlets

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

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 11.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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...

'We Are Coming Down The Road #EDL'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Two men have been arrested after the EDL and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. ...

Judge Rules On EDL Petition To March Through 'Sharia' Suburb

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

UPDATE: Two men have been arrested after the EDL and members of the Muslim community held demonstrations in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. ...

During Times of Austerity Art is Just Middle-Class Decadence

Assed Baig | Posted 20.02.2013 | Home
Assed Baig

Old Flo is being used as a political football; those that talk about art at a time of austerity are the ones that do not have issues with finances. For many in Tower Hamlets life has been getting tougher, when the credit crunch hit, some of them had no credit to crunch, whilst the lovey-dovey, pretentious wine sipping art lovers enjoyed well paid jobs.

Who Owns Old Flo? Council Sale Takes New Twist

PA | Posted 18.02.2013 | Home

A council's plan to sell a Henry Moore sculpture has hit a snag as another local authority has said it owns it. Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamle...

Street Food, Street Food Everywhere and Not a Pitch in Sight: Boris, We Need You!

Xochi Balfour | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

It is no secret that street food in London is thriving. Every month new traders hit the scene with mind boggling new concepts and taste combinations crazy enough to make Heston think twice... But our own experience thus far has been fraught by intransigent councils and endless negotiating with the powers that be.

Why We Had to Sell Henry Moore's 'Old Flo'

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Home
Lutfur Rahman

There has been huge domestic and international interest in our decision to sell a much loved Henry Moore sculpture, 'Old Flo', that our borough bought many years ago - it wasn't donated to us as press reports have erroneously claimed. We are not the first authority to explore raising much needed revenue at a time of austerity from selling works of art... If only there was as much national media interest in the fact that we are being forced to make £100million cuts by 2015, as there has been over the proposed sale of this sculpture to mitigate the effect of some of those cuts

EDL Banned From Marching In London

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK

A series of marches by a right-wing group has been banned amid fears of violence on the streets. Policing minister Damian Green agreed to the Metro...

Time to Stand up to Tory Austerity

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

This demonstration has been a long time coming. It comes at a time when for the first time we can really see the true extent of this government's plan to cut the public sector and shrink the state to proportions that would even shock America.

What Price on London's Heritage?

Nicky Gavron | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nicky Gavron

The redevelopment of London's historic Spitalfields Fruit and Wool Exchange is a loss to London socially and culturally, but also to its economy.

Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

When David Cameron and George Osborne first coined the phrase "We are all in it together", I started counting the spoons. The idea that these multi-millionaire ex-Etonians, both of who have no experience of life at the sharp end should speak in such a glib manner was shocking enough.

The Tories Must Not Dither Over Immigration

David Cowan | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

The immigration debate is often reduced to a mundane battle of statistics. Though just focusing on the economic aspect of immigration does not do nearly enough justice to the scale of the problem.

Tower Hamlet's Olympic Legacy

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

We welcomed the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, despite our concerns about its over commercialisation.

Residents Mount Challenge Against Olympic Missile Plans

Posted 28.06.2012 | UK

A residents' group are expected to launch a legal challenge against proposals to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their tower block duri...

Election Fraud Potential 'Enormous', Says Judge Mawrey

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

The forthcoming local elections present "enormous opportunities" for vote-rigging and electoral fraud, a senior judge warned today. Judge Richard M...

In Response to the Evening Standard

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

When I first decided to go into local politics, rather than continue in law, I guessed that life would never be easy, especially in a borough such as mine whose turbulent yet rich history forms part of the tapestry of London's East End.

Science, Science and Science

Dennis Hayes | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dennis Hayes

Remember Tony Blair's three priorities for government? They were 'education, education and education'. Talking to prospective free school principal David Perks, I became convinced that his 'three priorities for education' would be 'science, science and science'.

Proud and Prejudiced: The Jihadist and the Hooligan

Marc Hawker | Posted 27.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Marc Hawker

I've just fallen in love with England again. I never thought it would happen, but after filming two dangerous and notorious men from Luton over the past year, I'm glad I live here. The two men are Tommy Robinson - the founder and leader of the English Defence League - and Sayful Islam - leader of a group of fundamentalist Muslims. Both are Luton born and bred. Tommy is the manager of a local tanning shop; Sayful was a tax inspector before he gave it up to bring Islam to the streets of Britain.