Labour group attacked over boycott backing

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

Hendon Labour Party has protested to the leader of the Labour group on Tower Hamlets Council over its support for a resolution to boycott Israel.

Councillors in the east London borough last month voted in favour of sanctions against the "pariah state".

They also called for a review of the council's waste collection contract with Veolia, claiming the multinational company's work in Israel assisted the "oppression" of Palestinians.

Hendon Labour party chairman Tom Lavelle and vice-chairman Adam Langleben called the council proposals "unacceptable, divisive and outside the mandate of a local authority", in a letter to Tower Hamlets Labour group leader Helal Uddin Abbas.

"Proposals such as these do not help London's cohesion, and do not provide a solution to the problems surrounding the Middle East." Tower Hamlets Mayor Luftur Rahman was elected as an independent after the Labour party rejected him as a candidate.

Last updated: 3:07pm, February 24 2011