Lutfur Rahman, the Bangladeshi mayor of Tower Hamlets, on election night in 2010
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Tower Hamlets mayor says claims 'driven by racism'

1 April 2014 Last updated at 22:23 BST

The mayor of Tower Hamlets says claims he diverted public grants for electoral gain are driven by racism and Islamophobia.

Monday's Panorama programme said Lutfur Rahman, a Bangladeshi, has more than doubled funding for Bengali and Somali-run charities and cut funding for other organisations.

Mr Rahman categorically denies that this was done in return for support in a forthcoming election.

Project worker Angur Miah, Panorama reporter John Ware and Bethnal Green and Bow MP for Labour, Rushanara Ali, give their reactions to the allegations.