Even colour blind me can see the brass necks in this photo of the crooked and the corruptly elected.
After months of rows, they have settled on Ohid Ahmed, Lutfur’s former deputy. Privately, Lutfur always regarded him as a mug and now it seems he has made those views public with this open endorsement of him at Toynbee Hall last night. Spot him at the centre of the group. (Toynbee must be delighted to see their venue used for such purposes… .)
Lutfur of course is ineligible to stand because he’s banned, but the idiots in his party still believe he is a rightful role model to those they claim to serve. What morals!
Here’s Ohid’s statement:
You may note a couple of absentees: Rabina Khan and her husband (and former best mate of Lutfur) Aminur Khan.
Rabina has also declared herself a mayoral candidate for 2018 – and stands head and shoulders above Ohid – so quite where this leaves her as a THING member is anyone’s guess.
There have been huge rows about this in that group and some have been switching allegiances to prospective candidates as many times as, well, Oli Rahman and a couple of others have switched parties over the years.
Still, good to finally see on which side they see their bread as buttered. The next challenge is to determine who is funding them now. As ever, tips and information grateful received.
UPDATE 7pm, Oct 18
Below is a statement from Toynbee Hall about last night’s meeting. They are furious. Yet again Lutfur and his crew have abused the notion of charitable status. When will they learn to respect the rules?
Political meeting at Toynbee Hall
Last night a meeting with clear political purposes was held at the Toynbee Hall Community Wellbeing Centre in Tower Hamlets.
Our Community Wellbeing Centre exists to promote and support the wellbeing of older people in the Tower Hamlets community. Toynbee Hall was not told of the political nature of that meeting which was described to us as a community meeting to discuss local issues.
As a charity seeking to support the whole Tower Hamlets community, as a matter of principle, we do not support any political parties or causes at any time.
As a result we must disassociate ourselves from last night’s meeting and ask that photographs featuring our logo and name not be used in any publicity materials or on any form of social media.