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Why Tower Hamlets and not Harrow? 

Mid-1980 feel like only yesterday when the previous head of the Commission for Racial Equality David Lane was sent by the Home Office to investigate Brent for the alleged misuse of the Section 11 funding as the Home Officer declared that this money should not be used for any anti-racist initiatives (under Section 11 of the 1966 Local Government Act, Section 11 scheme was to help ethnic minorities with English-language teaching, housing and work).

This was the time when right-wing press, led by the Daily Mail, was recycling that Labour councils in London are spending a fortune to eradicate racism and sexism and that it often appear more absurd than dangerous.

Many thought (perhaps wrongly) that Brent was the ‘last British colony’!

Now in 2014, communities secretary Eric Pickles is likely to send in inspectors to investigate a London borough soon after Panorama reports that Lutfur Rahman, the Bangladeshi mayor of Tower Hamlets, has more than doubled funding recommended by officers for Bengali-run charities – tthe council opposition says they believe the grants were made in return for electoral support.

How very odd that neither the right-wing press nor the heavy weight Eric Pickles are interested in the Harrow doings that have resulted in the elected-mayor style Tory administration with serious implications for the officers and residents – like three different council cabinets and administrations within a short period and senior manager, including the chief executive, left – last Tory budget was badly defeated and needed to be rescued by others!

There is also an outcry about institutional racism at the Harrow council! And:

  • In 2010 voters voted in Labour administration to run the council
  • In mid-2013, the breakaway Independent Labour Group (ILG), encouraged and supported by the Tory group, snatched the council administration from Labour because of what has been described as the personal grudge against some in the Labour group
  • Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the Independent Labour Group who voted in Tories through a highly controversial process which many say has created the present political mess (i.e. a hung council where both the Labour and Tories have 25 councillors each, and Tory minority administration is in place because of the 8 ILG councillors) : 1/4/14

 

   

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Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

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Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable
'Big Society'

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