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The East London Advertiser reports on Shelina Akhtar, the Tower Hamlets councillor who I first wrote about here. She was elected as a Labour councillor last May and was then expelled from the party after she declared her support for Lutfur Rahman’s independent Mayoral bid in October.

A serving Tower Hamlets councillor has been charged with fraud.

Shelina Akhtar, 32, of Blackwall Way, Poplar is accused of false representation and three counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances which would have affected her entitlement to benefit.

The independent councillor works for Spitalfields and Banglatown ward.

Hazera Akhtar, 21, of Glasshouse Fields, Limehouse has been charged with fraud by false representation and two counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting entitlement to benefit.

They have been bailed to appear at Thames magistrates’ court on Tuesday 26 April.

It will be interesting to see if she turns up to the council meeting tomorrow evening. For legal reasons, I’m not allowing any comments on this thread. (Photo courtesy of Dan McCurry.)

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