Mayor responds to Labour claims over his re-election bid
The mayor of Tower Hamlets has responded angrily to claims that he has misused his office to promote his election bid.
In a recent council meeting, the Labour Party raised reports that bogus representatives of Tower Hamlets Homes were canvassing for the mayor's re-election in 2014.
At the same time, the Opposition sought a response to claims that the mayor was using branded acknowledgement letters contrary to council practice.
At the time, the mayor refused to respond. But he used a cabinet meeting last week to deny the allegations.
After the meeting the mayor said: "Such allegations [regarding branded stationery] are very serious and potentially imply a breach of electoral law. The actual complaint relates to unbranded, council acknowledgement letters sent pursuant to casework.
"The allegations that bogus representatives from the social housing company were using their access to residents are also completely untrue."
He pointed out that Cllr Alibor Choudhury "had categorically refuted these allegations, also made by the local Labour Party, on November 27."
■ The mayor also criticised The Wharf's Spiral Notebook column for its comment on his performance as mayor and sought a right a reply. His response is available here.