Labour group attacked over boycott backing

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