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Panorama claims London mayor increases taxpayer funding to Bangladeshi and Somali groups

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London mayor who was accused by the Panorama programme of diverting £2m in public grants allegedly to shore up his vote has complained of racism and Islamophobia by the BBC.

The flagship current affairs show claimed Lutfur Rahman, executive mayor of the east end borough of Tower Hamlets, increased taxpayer funding to Bangladeshi and Somali groups from £1.5m to £3.6m despite council officer recommendations. Panorama said he used funds from the council’s reserves and reduced what was left for other organisations by 25% overall.

Read the full article | Guardian

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