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Press Release

Far Right English Defence League uses Tower Hamlets Labour Group’s Housing claims as propaganda

Mayor demands GLA member John Biggs ‘disown and immediately apologise for disgraceful Labour press statement’

The Far Right, English Defence League (EDL), have targeted Mayor Lutfur Rahman by citing extracts from a Tower Hamlets Labour Group press release, reproduced by the East London Advertiser.

EDL supporters have been tweeting a factually inaccurate and inflammatory press statement issued by the Tower Hamlets Labour Group. Mayor Lutfur Rahman is calling on GLA member, John Biggs to “disown the statement and issue an immediate apology to local residents”.

The EDL tweet follows here:

 ODYSSEUS STAVRIDIS @tht4956

@Official_EDL Tower Hamlets Muslim Mayor Lutfur Rahman accused of prioritising supporters in housing works.http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/tower_hamlets_mayor_lutfur_rahman_accused_of_prioritising_supporters_in_housing_works_1_2204072?g_q=rahman%20tower%20hamlets%20mayor …

Cllr. Rabina Khan , Cabinet member for Housing said:

“The irresponsible and dangerous claims made by the Tower Hamlets Labour Group have found their audience and are now doing the rounds with the Far Right EDL to stoke up fear within the community that some residents and areas are more deserving than others. The Mayor has been elected to serve interests of all residents. There are strict guidelines governing housing allocation as the Labour Group is well aware. In a crucial election year, residents expect responsible leadership from John Biggs and the Labour Group, and that they wouldn’t resort to the ‘dog whistle’ politics of the Far Right”.

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