A member of Labour's national executive committee has been suspended from the party for publicly supporting the disgraced former mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman.

Christine Shawcroft, a left-leaning Labour veteran who has been on the party's ruling body for 15 years, is facing disciplinary procedures after defending Rahman both before and after he was found guilty of electoral fraud.

The move shows that party officials have taken a hard line against members supporting the independent mayor, who was kicked out of office by an election court ruling last month.

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