Results tagged “politics”

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by John Biggs

Although we all like a bit of excitement, most people prefer calm and certainty. Politics is one of the more roller coaster professions, where it never seems to stop. That's why people who do it find it addictive. And why many others don't understand why we do it.

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By Giles Broadbent

Recently Mayor Lutfur Rahman blew tens of thousands of pounds on a longshot attempt to save himself from humiliation.

Despite a High Court judge telling him that his claim against communities secretary Eric Pickles was "hopeless" he still opted for a second hearing.

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The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has given his official response to the prospect of Commissioners arriving at the Town Hall to take over certain council functions.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said he finds their instructions "to be excessive and disproportionate" to the findings of a report by PwC.

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The High Court has rejected Tower Hamlets' second legal challenge to the Government's moves to instal commissioners in the Town Hall to oversee some aspect of the council's functions.

An earlier hearing had called the application for a judicial review of the decision "hopeless" but Mayor Lutfur Rahman's administration pushed ahead with an oral hearing anyway.

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Mayor Boris Johnson has failed to deliver on his pledge to use "thermonuclear weapons" against Government plans to allow developers to turn offices into homes, says the London Assembly.

In September he condemned the planning free-for-all agreeing with critics of the plan who said it posed a threat to business clusters in places such as Canary Wharf, Shoreditch and the Royal Docks.