Tower Hamlets council is withholding information from inspectors conducting an official investigation into spending and transparency, a Minister said today.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles delivered a stern rebuke to the borough as he announced a delay in the publication of a report into the administration of its controversial Mayor, Lutfur Rahman.

Auditors PwC were due to publish their findings today after they were called in by the government to probe council processes, before local elections saw Mr Rahman sweep back into power.

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