Commenting on the Sunday Times story that a businessman with links to the Labour party attempted to solicit a bribe from a developer in exchange for planning consent, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Poplar and Limehouse, Elaine Bagshaw said:
"Once again our borough is mired in scandal. It seems that only 4 months after we finally got rid of Lutfur Rahman, someone with links to the Labour party decided to try and carry on his legacy.
I'm concerned that it took so long for the external investigators to be called in, and why it was Ernst & Young brought in rather than immediately going to the police. The residents of Tower Hamlets deserve better. I hope lessons are learnt quickly and that this is fully investigated. Anyone found to have to acted improperly, whether councillor or council officer needs to be removed as soon as possible."