Archive for July 20th, 2011

What is it about Mayor Lutfur Rahman and his penchant for empire building? He pleads poverty and lashes out at Westminster for forcing him into cuts and job losses, yet then seems happy to spend our money on his new office (£115,000 and counting), his Mercedes rental car (£72 a day) an a new army of advisers led by Ken Livingstone’s former crony, Murziline Parchment.

The following advertisement has just been posted on a tendering website for four new mayoral advisers to help his mind on these issues:

Lot 1 – regeneration and deveopment;

Lot 2 – health and well being;

Lot 3 – public consultation and engagement

Lot 4 – communications and media

He’s set aside a budget of £40,000 for the eight month projects. Doesn’t he trust the people who already work in the above service areas? Tory group leader Peter Golds said: “We get another vanity project from this mayor every week, it seems. It’s absolutely shocking.”

I spoke to the council’s procurement department. These posts will report directly to the mayor.

Here’s the ad in full:


Main Contract Detail
Tower Hamlets
CR3956 Advisor to the Mayor
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79411100 – Business development consultancy services
79413000 – Marketing management consultancy services
79416200 – Public relations consultancy services
Additional Categorisation(s):
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is seeking quotations from individuals and companies to provide advice to the Mayor in one or more of the following areas:

Lot 1 – regeneration and development;

Lot 2 – health and well being;

Lot 3 – public consultation and engagement

Lot 4 – communications and media

The anticipated contract start date is 15th August 2011 for an initial period of 8 months.

The Council is looking for one provider per lot. The current budget for all the 4 lots is between £35,000 and £40,000 for the 8 month period.

Interested parties will be required to register on the London Tenders Portal, using the link below, which is free of charge, and must allow sufficient time to register (at least 1 working day). The Council accepts no liability whatsoever for expressions of interest that are not received due to internet connectivity issues, transmission delays or errors.


Deadline for completion and return of quotation is Tuesday 9th August 2011 12:00 Hours.

Tower Hamlets is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

The Council does not undertake to invite all applicants or bind itself to accept the lowest or any Tender.  The Council will not be liable for any costs incurred in tendering for this contract.

If you require any further information please contact: Murziline Parchment at murziline.parchment@towerhamlets.gov.uk


Mrs Gohar Lecordier
Email Address:
020 7364 4795
20 7364 4973
4th Floor Mulberry Place, Town Hall
5 Clove Crescent
Greater London
E14 2BG
United Kingdom
Key Dates
Estimated contract start date:
Estimated contract end date:
Expression of interest start date:
19/07/2011 13:00
Expression of interest end date:
09/08/2011 09:00
Other Information
Contract Period:
8 (months)
Anticipated Extension Period:
0 (months)
Number of Anticipated Extensions:

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