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Impropriety probe in Tower Hamlets

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A special session of Tower Hamlets LBC's standards committee is to investigate allegations of impropriety in the way the council's assistant chief executive was hired.

Peter Golds, leader of Tower Hamlets Conservative group, is understood to have referred to the committee Lutfur Rahman Ali's appointment in July to the£125,000-a-year post following concerns about his late addition to the candidate list and CV details.

Cllr Golds has declined to comment to LGC over the issue and a Tower Hamlets spokeswoman refused to give precise details of the allegations.

However, she said that the preliminary hearing, which will take place behind closed doors, would be presided over by a non-councillor and independent member of the committee, Patrick OÕConnor.

The hearing can decide whether the complaint deserves further investigation by the committee itself or the Standards Board for England - or if the allegations can be dismissed as groundless.

After Tower Hamlets' appointments committee voted by four to three to hire Mr Rahman Ali, a statement from the council insisted he had been selected after an "objective and rigorous" process.

Mr Rahman Ali is a former head of diversity policy at the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority.

He is not related to Tower Hamlets leader Lutfur Rahman (Lab), who sits on the appointments sub committee.

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