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.