Labour MP and Jeremy Corbyn ally charged with housing fraud over council flat


A LABOUR MP and close Jeremy Corbyn ally has been charged with housing fraud.

Apsana Begum, 30, entered Parliament at last December’s general election with a giant 28,904 majority in East London’s Poplar and Limehouse.

Labour MP Apsana Begum has been charged with housing fraud over how she secured her council flat

But she has been accused of three offences relating to how she was given her council flat.

She is due before magistrates on December 10.

If convicted, Ms Begum could face a jail sentence and lose her Commons seat.

We told last November she was facing a probe over the riverside flat she moved into after leaving her estranged husband’s home.

Investigators wanted to know how she had leapt to the top of an 18,000-strong housing list so quickly despite having no children.

At the time, Ms Begum denied any wrongdoing, claiming her housing situation was “in a state of flux” after her marriage breakdown.

And she insisted there was no probe.


Ms Begum said: “I was so grateful to be housed, which provided me with the lifeline I needed to live independently and safely.”

Labour also said our story was “a disgrace”. But charges have been brought against her in recent days.

Ms Begum is thought to have applied for a Tower Hamlets council flat while living with her family in 2011.

She moved in with her husband in 2014 but they split a year later.

Within six months, she was offered the one-bed Isle of Dogs pad in a block on the Thames, run by a housing association but with tenants nominated by the council.

Far-left Momentum member Ms Begum was a controversial choice as Labour candidate.

She was once an assistant to corrupt mayor Lutfur Rahman, who was booted out for rigging an election.

She also shared claims ex-Labour PM Tony Blair was spreading “Zionist propaganda”.

Neither Labour nor Ms Begum responded to requests for comment.

Last November, she was facing a probe over the riverside property she moved into after leaving her estranged husband’s home

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