Labour have strongly rebutted another wild claim of racism from Lutfur Rahman’s supporters after they claimed that former leader of the Council Michael Keith had labelled Biggs as a racist.
Keith has come out in full support of Biggs labeling Rahman’s character attacks as “scraping the gutter”.
Labour describe Rahman’s baseless smears as the last ditch attempt of a desperate man. They argue that whilst Labour are focused on policy and speaking to residents, Lutfur Rahman is out of ideas and resorting to baseless character attacks.
Former Leader of the Council, Michael Keith, said:
“To dredge up out of context comments that were made almost twenty years ago to smear someone’s character scrapes the gutter. I've known John Biggs for decades and, while we have had our differences at times, there is no doubt in my mind that he works for the benefit of the whole community in Tower Hamlets. To try to paint him as a racist is a cynical act of electoral dirty politics. He is the best candidate to represent all the communities of the borough in these difficult times and I am happy to support him.”
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“Lutfur Rahman’s desperate smears are getting totally out of hand. John Biggs is the man who led the fight against the BNP and helped to rid the borough of the deep racial divides which challenged our borough in the past. Rahman’s attacks are a total insult to those who have fought or suffered genuine racial abuse.”