An Independent Havering councillor is facing fresh accusations of right-wing links after it emerged he recently entertained the leader of the British National Party at his business in Rainham.
Local Residents' Association leader, Cllr Jeffrey Tucker, met leader of the BNP Nick Griffin last Wednesday at his jewellery business - Tucker's Goldmine - in Upminster Road South. Refusing to reveal any details of the meeting, Cllr Tucker maintained he is still a left-wing politician and will work with anyone interested in helping the community he represents.
He said: "If someone wants to see me I do not care who they are. If they can help with assisting the residents of this area my door is open to them - and they'll get a cup of tea too. As an independent politician I can listen to anybody, as long as it is for the good of the community."
The meeting came only weeks after Cllr Tucker was condemned by other councillors for his affiliations with the right-wing National Liberal Party (NLP) - which has its roots in the National Front.
Leader of Havering Council, Cllr Michael White, previously dubbed Cllr Tucker "a dangerous person" for his work with the NLP. He said: "What he is actually doing is conning the public. He's pretending to be something he isn't.