Stitch Up in Walthamstow South AGM?

Long time Labour members attending yesterday’s Walthamstow South AGM were shocked as people they’d never seen before (let alone met) were bussed into their AGM to vote.

There are allegations many of these people had been signed up to the party with the same email address and “obviously fake” mobile phone numbers.

Unsurprisingly the hard left faction swept the board when it came to elections for CLP officer positions and GC delegates

In a departure from policy only councillors were allowed to be tellers.

It has been a troubled CLP for some time and it appears that things are only getting worse.

Former Lib Dem, current Labour councillor Johar Khan is at the centre of allegations that there’s been a stitch up.

HP understands a criminal case that led to his suspension from the council in 2015 was ultimately dropped when the complainant declined to proceed.

Controversy seems to follow Khan around like a bad smell, note this from Waltham Forrest Matters:

Cllr. Johar Khan, the Labour member for Markhouse, has always been a bit of a card.

Spats with colleagues and adversaries, political implosions, party defections, suspensions, investigations, big posh cars, personalised number plates, flash weddings, and an impish way with facts – his back pages feature the lot.

Who, for instance, could forget the time when, as finance director, he reassured his colleagues at a January 2011 E11 BID Co. board meeting that ‘All VAT, PAYE and tax matters had now been brought up to date’, only for the company’s spoilsport accountant to conclude some months later that ‘During the course of our audit we noted that the company has employees but does not have a payroll scheme registered with H.M. Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”)….[and] income tax and national insurance were being deducted from the employee’s [sic] wages but were not being paid over to HMRC…We understand that the March and June 2010 VAT returns have not yet been completed although these are now past the filing deadlines’.

Laugh? We rolled on the floor.

Good man that he is, it seems that Cllr. Khan may be about to gift us further amusement.

As of this morning, his register of interests page reads in part like this:

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But if you Google ‘Johar Khan+Waltham Forest’, you get directed to the Linkedin page of somebody called ‘Jo Khan’, who posts their employment history thus:

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Johar and Jo of course may be two different people, but what’s for certain is that they do look very much alike. Johar…

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meet Jo….

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Could it be that, like some of his less scrupulous colleagues, and despite all the fuss of the last few months, Cllr. Johar Khan has simply neglected to update his LBWF register of interests page?

And there is more.

Johar is of course the picture of respectability, every inch the Lloyds functionary, and careful to reference the bank’s Threadneedle Street address.

But as for Jo, though at one time he did work for Lloyds, it’s true, more recently he’s gone a bit…well, downmarket.

Reading the (very) small print discloses that the grandly named Arcadian Finance of his Linkedin page provides ‘non regulated finance’ (which is an interesting concept in itself), and is ‘a trading style of Fast Track Lending Ltd’.

And Fast Track Lending Ltd. turns out to be a two-bit outfit based in Osborne Rd. Leyton, which according to the only annual accounts that it has so far posted, has big liabilities:

Screen Shot 2018-07-25 at 15.30.24But, hold on, this is largely academic, anyway, because turning to Companies House reveals that Jo (now back to Johar) resigned his directorship of Fast Track Lending Ltd. over a year ago:Screen Shot 2018-07-25 at 15.37.57Poor old Jo/Johar, he seems to be a bit confused all round.