What would you do if you were in a seven hour meeting about the Olympics?

Labour councillor Rofique Ahmed recently faced this decision at a meeting. What did he decide? To sit there saying nothing. Only one slight problem. It was a key planning meeting which had to decide whether or not to grant outline planning permission for the Olympics. And he was the only councillor from Tower Hamlets sitting on the body.

Actually, I exaggerate slightly. He did talk once – to be excused to go to the toilet.

The East London Advertiser has more.

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  • liblablog – please don’t continue to post pretty much the same message in every thread you read. Mind you, I was tempted to leave your latest up as this sort of behaviour doesn’t exactly make Labour supporters look good – especially the particularly offensive comment from you in the Tim Garden thread.

  • All you have to do as a backbench Labour councillor is put up your hand when told to. That’s what is meant by “democratic centralism”, I think. Virendra Sharma was a perfect example. We’ll see if he does any better as a Parliamentarian (and he may surprise us all).

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