Wednesday, November 29

LBTH ex Mayor Lutfur Rahman seeks to remove ban from office



Disgraced former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is attempting to overturn his five-year ban from elected office, it emerged today.

Mr Rahman is seeking judicial review at the High Court amid reports that he is planning a political comeback in the East End borough.

He was barred from office after a civil election court found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices during the 2014 mayoral race.

According to documents now lodged with the courts service, his lawyers believe he could now fight the ruling as the Metropolitan Police admitted there was insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution.

Ex-Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles, who ordered forensic accountants in to investigate Mr Rahman’s rule, suggested police could have done more. He told LBC News: The police have rather dragged their feet and haven’t really understood the seriousness of what is going on.