Conservatives suspend party candidate over Tower Hamlets arrest

By Rob Virtue on May 14, 2014 3:07 PM |

The Tower Hamlets Conservative Party has suspended a council candidate while police investigate allegations around his nomination.

Jewel Islam was arrested on Tuesday over questions about his 'historical financial circumstances', which, if proven, may make him unable to take part in the ballot.

The 38-year-old has been bailed until the end of June.

However, his nomination has been accepted by the council and, as no offence has been proven, will remain be on the ballot paper for the Mile End ward in next week's vote.

On Wednesday the Conservative Party released a statement on the issue.

It said: "In accordance with Conservative Party rules, Mr Islam has been suspended from the party until the police conclude their enquiries, and party activists will not be campaigning on his behalf until such time.

"The allegations relate solely to his business dealings affecting his eligibility to stand, and at this time Mr Jewel has been neither charged with, nor convicted of, any offence.

"For the record, Mr Islam did not indicate, when applying to be a candidate at this election, that there was any reason why he could not be validly nominated.

It added: "There is no suggestion of inappropriate behaviour in relation to the electoral process, with regard to nomination papers, postal votes or canvassing on the part of Mr Islam."