Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick says he will look into the 'utter shambles' at the Bromley South count

By Rachel Bishop on May 30, 2014 5:26 PM |

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Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick has labelled the Tower Hamlets election count an "utter shambles" and said he would make sure questions on what went wrong are answered.

The issues, widely criticised and culminating in the prolonged count at Bromley South, are currently part of an investigation by the Electoral Commission.

Poplar and Limehouse MP Mr Fitzpatrick said: "The count was a disaster, it was a complete an utter shambles. When I think in other parts of the country how well it went and in ours it takes four and half days it's totally unacceptable.

"I and my party will be following this up and we will make sure that questions are answered."

The MP also spoke of fears over divisions in the Tower Hamlets community with reports of voter intimidation surrounding the re-election of Tower Hamlets First representative Lutfur Rahman in the mayoral elections.

And his fears were heightened by the emergence of a divisive poster this week in Poplar which said the street was an "Islamic area."

He said: "In regards to the poster, whether it was put up by the EDL or a fanatical religious group it's completely unacceptable. We won't let nutters from the far right act like this and I want these people to know that I will and the police will take matters like this very seriously."

However, despite Labour losing out at the mayoral election to Mr Rahman and faring badly in the local elections, Mr Fitzpatrick is positive about the future for Labour.

He said: "We lost the election last week, but we have general elections next year. We have plenty to work towards.

"Lutfur Rahman will have to face the investigation by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which we will get the results for in June. That's the next step for him really."