Cllr Harun, who is also a solicitor, quit his post shortly after the investigation was announced. He also deleted his Twitter account. The mayor, John Biggs, confirmed that the allegations directly involved Harun, but the Tories claimed other sitting councillors were also implicated. One of Harun's predecessors - Cllr Shahed Ali - was jailed for housing fraud in 2015.
|Labour's Mohammad Harun|
Tower Hamlets, a London borough where Bangladeshis are the largest ethnic group, has a history of corruption. The former mayor - Lutfur Rahman - was found guilty of electoral fraud in 2015. The current make up of the council is 40 Labour (one member currently suspended for alleged anti-Semitism), 2 Conservative, 1 Lib Dem and now one vacant, thanks to the outgoing Harun.