Ken Livingstone was openly laughed at by members of Labour’s National Executive Committee today, I am told, after he urged them to readmit the extremist-linked mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, to the party and let him stand as the Labour candidate in the borough’s 2014 mayoral election.
Lutfur, who was sacked as Labour candidate in the 2010 mayoral election
for his close links to an Islamic fundamentalist group, the Islamic
Forum of Europe, which believes in turning Europe into a sharia state.
Lutfur is also backed by a group of powerful local businessmen. In
office, as this blog has documented, he
has systematically given key positions, funding and favours to his
extremist and moneyed patrons and is slowly turning a diverse,
multicultural borough into a vehicle favouring a specific set of
interests and segment of the community.