Liberal Democrat Member of the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, writes to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Force following allegations of corruption in Tower Hamlets
In December Tower Hamlets was in the news for all the wrong reasons again. On 10 December The Times reported on "secret recordings apparently connecting a Labour council to an alleged £2m corruption scandal" (BBC, 10 Dec 2017).
A police investigation was launched, but following the failings of the investigation into the 2014 elections in Tower Hamlets, fears were raised that the bribery case may not be properly investigated. In light of this Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police seeking clarity.
Police Investigation into Tower Hamlets Corruption
A number of people have raised concerns about the police investigation into a bribery case between Abdul Shukur Khalisadar and the property developer, Far East Consortium.
The allegations centre on Mr Khalisadar offering the developers planning permission to build two skyscrapers in the Canary Wharf, in exchange for a £2m bribe. The bribery incident took place in 2015 and I understand that evidence was eventually passed onto the police a year later. However, it has been reported that none of the key witnesses have been interviewed yet and no one has been charged.
Local residents are concerned that, after the failings in the investigation into the 2014 elections in Tower Hamlets, this bribery case may not be properly investigated. Therefore, it would be helpful if you could detail the action that the police have taken to investigate this matter.
Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM
Liberal Democrat Member of the London Assembly"