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Recent Local News In Brighton

Tuesday 28 April 2015 09.05EDT Last modified on Tuesday 28 April 2015 19.20EDT Britains first directly elected Muslim mayor, forced to step down after a judge found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices , is to challenge the decision through the courts. In a statement on his website today, Lutfur Rahman said that the election court ruling which kicked him out of office as Tower Hamlets mayor was marred by bias, slurs and inaccuracies. Any legal challenge by Rahman will not stop a rerun of the boroughs election, due to be held on 11 June. He will be banned from taking part, but his party, Tower Hamlets First, is expected to put up a candidate. Related: Tower Hamlets: how a dictatorship flourished in the East End | Nick Cohen The statement reads: Lutfur Rahman will be appealing the judgment made against him at last Thursdays election court. He continues to reject all claims of wrongdoing and we hold that the integrity of the court system was marred by the bias, slurs and factual inaccuracies in the election judgment. Four Tower Hamlets petitioners launched the bid in the election court to force Rahman from office. Richard Mawrey QC ruled on Thursday that Rahman would be barred from running for office for five years and said the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election would have to be rerun. Rahman and his supporters were found to have used religious intimidation through local imams, vote-rigging and wrongly branding his Labour rival a racist to gain power. Rahman, who has been banned from seeking office again, was also found to have allocated local grants to buy votes. He was ordered to pay immediate costs of 250,000 from a bill expected to reach 1m. Mawrey predicted that Rahman would characterise his judgment as yet another example of the racism and Islamophobia that have hounded him throughout his political life. The statement on Rahmans website continued by claiming that it was wrong for the judgment to characterise The Tower Hamlets First party, which was led by Rahman, as a one-man band. We support Lutfur Rahman as a party because he has led in delivering record numbers of social and affordable homes, investing in our young people with maintenance allowances and university grants and standing up to Tory and Labour austerity, the statement said. Rahmans supporters have also criticised the court ruling as an anti-democratic coup and described the respected judge in the case as self-evidently partisan in an online petition. Rahmans website is encouraging readers to sign the 38 Degrees petition , which has so far attracted more than 5,800 backers.

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It is in the heart of Mayfair, its got great heritage, its been an important station. But it has not been used for 80 years. The challenge we have is, in a complex difficult space what uses can we bring to this station? How can we bring it back to life? Facebook Twitter Pinterest Graeme Craig of Transport for London inside Down Street station. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA Its not straightforward we have spent months trying to work through whether it can be used at all. We are now confident that it can be. Down Street station opened on the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway in March 1907, but was used by few passengers owing to its proximity to stations at Hyde Park Corner and Dover Street (now Green Park), and the reluctance of Mayfairs residents to use public transport. The station later played a role in the war when it was used as the protected underground headquarters for Churchills railway executive committee, and the war cabinet until the Cabinet War Rooms became available. It is believed the location close to Westminster made it popular with Churchill. A disused bathtub in the living quarters still bears the inscription WC. TfL is seeking to lease out part of the station to businesses who have the ability to use the space to create something exceptional and establish the next chapter in the stations history. Craig said: The combination of space, history and location, makes this a unique opportunity. We are looking for a partner with the imagination to see the potential here and the capability to deliver it.

For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/28/winston-churchills-tube-station-bunker-could-reopen-public-mayfair-london

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