Rahman's candidate told to say sorry for 'Ku Klux Klan' insult

By Rob Virtue on May 2, 2014 12:28 PM |


Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has ordered one of his candidates in this month's election to apologise after calling a political rival the "Grand Imperial Wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan.

Stuart Madewell made the bizarre slur against Blackwall and Cubitt Town representative Cllr Peter Golds on Facebook.

It followed criticisms of the mayor spending £37,000 of taxpayers money on legal advice over the recent Panorama documentary on the borough.

Mr Madewell, who is standing as a candidate for the mayor's Tower Hamlets First party in St Katharine's and Wapping ward, wrote on a Facebook link to the story: "The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Wapping chapter) are supporting the edict of the Grand Imperial Wizard Peter Golds that Lutfur Rahman is not entitled to legal representation, and definitely not at public expense."

The smear provoked especially following all party leaders, including Mr Rahman, signing up to a local election protocol, which orders candidates not to "misrepresent" other candidates, including making "slanderous or derogatory statements.

In a letter to Mr Rahman, Cllr Golds of the Conservative Party, wrote: "Stuart Madewell has done exactly what your party has said it will not do.

"Over the past week UKIP has suspended three candidates in the local elections taking place nationwide for making malign statements.

"You have just forty four candidates to manage. Will you be suspending Stuart Madewell as a member of your team?"

A spokesman for the Mayor's office said of Mr Madewell's comments: "These remarks were ill advised. The Mayor has reminded Stuart of his responsibilities and asked him to issue an apology."