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Tower Hamlets is to push ahead with a legal challenge to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' investigation into alleged impropriety at the Town Hall despite a judge calling the action "hopeless".

Mr Pickles sent in auditors PwC following a Panorama expose that alleged that Mayor Lutfur Rahman had influenced grant-giving to favour his own supporters.

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Papers have been filed to the High Court by Tower Hamlets Council over the decision by Communities Secretary to send inspectors from PricewaterhouseCoopers into Town Hall.

The action was taken on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Eric Pickles had accused the borough administration of holding up the investigation.

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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has accused Tower Hamlets council of not providing key information in an independent investigation into its mismanagement.

Mr Pickles said PricewaterhouseCoopers study into the administration would now continue beyond the agreed timeframe and has ordered the council to pay the costs.

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The great and good in the world of regeneration gathered in a tent on a windswept piece of industrial wasteland this week.

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By Peter Golds

By the time you read this, nominations will have closed for the 2014 Tower Hamlets elections.

They are set to be among the most high profile in London with attention as to whether mayor Lutfur Rahman and any of his supporters are returned.

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