Lutfur Rahman
Lutfur Rahman is the first directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets Council and a solicitor by profession, specialising in family law. He is a member of the Law Society and Law Society Advanced Children’s Law Panel.

Lutfur Rahman has been a Councillor for the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward of Tower Hamlets since May 2002. He was appointed Chair of the Development Panel in May 2002 and was the Lead Member for Education and Youth Services, 2003-2005. He has also been the Lead Member for Culture. He was Leader of the Council from May 2008 to May 2010.

Lutfur was a founding member of the Phoenix Youth Project and the Bow Community School (1982-86), founding member and first treasurer (1990) of Keen Students School (KSS) and trustee of Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf Education Trust (2003-05).

He was a member and general secretary of Community Alliance for Police Accountability (CAPA) in 1988 and a member and chairman of Tower Hamlets Law Centre from 1996-2001.

Lutfur Rahman was a Board member of the Poplar and Leaside Regeneration Project (SRB6) (2001-2002) and since 2001 has been a Non-Executive Director for the Board of Barts & The Royal London NHS Trust.

Entries by Lutfur Rahman

Mourning Charlie, and Resisting the Politics of Hate

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Image: Yahoo News

Events in France last week have shaken us all to the core. The cold-blooded callousness of the shootings met with our most vigorous outrage and condemnation. The targeting of innocent French Jews and journalists brought home a message very...

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Local Councils Must Stand Together to Resist the Cuts

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:41 AM


Local government has been placed in an untenable position, and it is time we did something about it.

As one local leader to another, my heart goes out to Newcastle's Nick Forbes who talked this week of 'impossible cuts' coming to...

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Why We All Need Free Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 10:37 AM


Not many people of my age take student protesters all that seriously. We might look on them as young, middle class and idealistic, or perhaps even remember with a little nostalgia our own days of standing outside the university refectory with...

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How Conservative Conference Revealed the Party's Dark Heart

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 1:16 PM


Conservative Party conference this year launched with the slogan 'Securing a better future.' They are claiming to be the safe pair of hands, the party that can manage recovery, the party that must be kept at the wheel for the 'successes'...

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We Need to Talk About a Living Wage, Not a Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:41 AM

It's great that Ed Miliband has announced plans for the minimum wage to rise to £8 by 2020. The timing of the announcement and the way in which the media ran with it indicates that Labour will put incomes policy on the centre-stage of its 2015 campaign. Anything...

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If Scotland Votes Yes, the Establishment Have Only Themselves to Blame

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:54 PM

The Scotland debate is part of a story long in the making. It is a story that stitches together a string of moments from the Iraq War protests to the expenses scandal, from rising voter apathy to the growth of Ukip...

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The Housing Crisis Is a National Disgrace, But Together We Can Fix It

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 10:44 AM

By Lutfur Rahman (Mayor of Tower Hamlets) and Rabina Khan (Cabinet Member for Housing)


An article in a local paper last week reported an up-to 596% rise in house prices. London prices are becoming a citywide joke, up to...

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Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 12:21 PM


Douglas Carswell's shock defection speech included some of the things that so many of us have been saying for years. 'Different cliques, same sofa', he said of the Westminster system, composed of people who 'seek every great office yet...

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Tory Press Plays Islamophobic 'Dog Whistle'

(102) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Recently the Cross Government Group on Anti Muslim Hatred reported a growing and disturbing trend of hostility towards British Muslims. One statistic stood out in particular - namely that a quarter of young people apparently "do not trust Muslims". I was not surprised in the slightest by the group's further...

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Why We Had to Sell Henry Moore's 'Old Flo'

(12) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:00 PM

There has been huge domestic and international interest in our decision to sell a much loved Henry Moore sculpture, 'Old Flo', that our borough bought many years ago - it wasn't donated to us as press reports have erroneously claimed.

We are not the first authority to explore raising much...

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Fairness for all, in an Unfair (Tory) World

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:25 AM

This week, Giles Fraser, my Deputy Ohid Ahmed and I launched the new Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission in the famous surrounds of Toynbee Hall in London's East End. As someone committed to social justice and the role of the state in helping to fashion it, this feels like a crucial...

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Time to Stand up to Tory Austerity

(18) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 7:00 PM

This Saturday, the TUC is expecting hundreds of thousands to answer it's call and march through central London, demanding an end to cuts and austerity and for a future 'that works'. I will be joining that mass demonstration, as I expect will many from right across the east end of...

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Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

(8) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

When David Cameron and George Osborne first coined the phrase "We are all in it together", I started counting the spoons. The idea that these multi-millionaire ex-Etonians, both of who have no experience of life at the sharp end should speak in such a glib manner was shocking enough. That...

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Tower Hamlet's Olympic Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:37 AM

We welcomed the Olympics in Tower Hamlets, despite our concerns about its over commercialisation. After the opening ceremony - and its close where we paid especial tribute to the role of the armed services - I hope that the Games' legacy reflects Danny Boyle's exhilarating opening. His evocation of the...

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We Need Fair Treatment for All Who Serve Our Country

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 10:36 AM

It is not often that I agree with the Daily Telegraph, but I definitely share its indignation at the treatment meted out to Commonwealth citizens who have been refused UK citizenship after serving in our armed forces.

The newspaper recently cited the case of Lance-Corporal Bale Baleiwai, a Fijian,with...

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In Response to the Evening Standard

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 7:42 AM

When I first decided to go into local politics, rather than continue in law, I guessed that life would never be easy, especially in a borough such as mine whose turbulent yet rich history forms part of the tapestry of London's East End .

As the country's first directly...

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Abolishing Educational Maintenance Allowance: Gove's Biggest Mistake

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 1:17 PM

One of the most short sighted policies that the Conservative led government has pushed through has been the abolition of the Education Maintenance Grant. £30 a week may not sound much to millionaire cabinet ministers, but believe you me, it does to our young people, especially in Tower Hamlets in...

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