Lutfur Rahman is ‘tired and out of ideas’ according to Labour after it emerged that he had tried to steal Labour’s policy of providing free school meals for all primary school children.
Despite cutting funding for free school meals in this year’s council budget Rahman puts the pledge top of his manifesto priorities. The move follows a three month campaign on the issue by Labour who announced back in February that they would prioritise funding to give all primary school pupils hot lunchtime meals if elected in May.
When Labour put forward fully funded plans at this year’s Budget in February Lutfur Rahman used his mayoral powers to block the idea. Labour described his conversion to the policy, only three weeks before the election, as “utterly disingenuous” and said it was indicative of Rahman’s “weak” leadership.
Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Sirajul Islam, said:
“John Biggs pledged to giving all primary school pupils free school meals back in February yet three months later, after blocking the policy, Lutfur Rahman is trying to claim it as his own idea. It is utterly disingenuous and shows he is tired and out of ideas.
“We now see how weak Lutfur Rahman has become, he has to wait for the Labour Party to come up with the ideas for his manifesto as he’s got none of his own.
“For a council which has the energy and ideas to make a difference for local people there is only one choice, John Biggs.”
Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:
“It is a tired and feeble document, probably because his achievements so far have been so meagre. We need the energy to take this borough forwards and we won't find it with Lutfur Rahman.”