Councillors lose appeal after Labour sacking
Five Tower Hamlets councillors expelled by the Labour Party for backing an opposition candidate in a by-election have lost their appeals.
Kabir Ahmed, Rofique Ahmed, Shahed Ali, Abdul Asad and Shafiqul Haque all claimed the decision was racist. But they failed to turn up to the hearing at the party's head office.
The party said the councillors had "violated numerous" Labour Party rules before being sacked for openly backing independent candidate Gulam Robbani.
Robbani, a former aide of Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman, beat Labour's Ala Uddin in the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward by less than 50 votes.
Leader of the Labour group in Tower Hamlets, Cllr Joshua Peck, said: "The case against the five was always very clear: they consistently voted and campaigned against the Labour Party and they are now paying the price."
Chair of the party Chris Weavers said: "Tower Hamlets Labour Party has learnt from the mistakes of the past and is 100% committed to playing our part in cleaning up local politics in the borough.
"Residents need to know that when they vote for a Labour councillor that's what they will have for the whole four years of a council - not someone who will switch loyalties and views as it suits them."