Lutfur Rahman elected mayor of Tower Hamlets seven years after removal from office


Controversial politician Lutfur Rahman has been elected mayor of London’s Tower Hamlets seven years after he was removed from office.

He beat his closest rival, the Labour party candidate, to top the vote and retake his former position. Mr Rahman, of Aspire, was elected on the second round, winning with 40,804 votes compared to 33,487 for Labour’s John Biggs. Mr Rahman was banned from politics for five years in 2015 after he was convicted of corrupt and illegal practices by an election court.

Richard Mawrey, the election commissioner, said at the time that Rahman had “driven a coach and horses through election law” and had run a “ruthless and dishonest campaign”.

That campaign had been designed to “convince the electorate his rival John Biggs was a racist”, Mr Mawrey said.


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