The newly-elected Labour council in Tower Hamlets has come under fire from residents for lowering the Union Jack outside its Globe Town neighbourhood office.

Lorraine Melvin and Mark Taylor, the two new Labour councillors for Globe Town, said the flag would only be flown at certain times of the year.

In a statement they said: 'We are all aware of the signals it sends out - not ones of dignity and pride, which it ought to, but ones of violence, anger and fascism.

In the Globe Town neighbourhood the three far-right British National Party candidates received more than 2,000 votes between them in the council elections.