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London: Lutfur Rahman elected in Tower Hamlets despite corruption ban

East London mayor re-elected despite ban on'corrupt and illegal practices'

Lutfur Rahman has reclaimed the role he lost seven years ago (Pictures: PA)

A former mayor who was forced to resign because of “corrupt and illegal practices” has been re-elected.

Lutfur Rahman from the Aspire party won in Tower Hamlets, London.

He was previously banned from running for mayor after a trial before an electoral tribunal in 2015.

However, he was never prosecuted.

During the trial, Elections Commissioner Richard Mawrey said the evidence broadcast revealed an “alarming condition” in Tower Hamlets.

As a result of the ruling, Mr Rahman was forced to step down as mayor for the borough and Labor’s John Biggs won re-election.

But yesterday Mr Rahman resigned to his old role after beating incumbent Mr Biggs.

Mr Rahman, 56, urged the people of Tower Hamlets to “judge me by what we will do for you”.

Lutfur Rahman (left) was elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in London in the second round, defeating Labor incumbent John Biggs (right) in the Tower Hamlets election count in London. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2022. PA Photo. See PA Story POLITICS Elections. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Lutfur Rahman (left) was elected mayor for a second time, defeating John Biggs (Image: PA)

He said: “I want to rebuild Tower Hamlets, I want to invest in our future and give our people a better future than we’ve had in the last seven years.

“Judge me and my administration on our record of what we’ve delivered in the first term.

“The only district in the country that offers free home care. We’ve delivered the London Living Wage – the first in London – we’ve delivered the University Scholarship and Educational Support Allowance.

“Our promises for the future are even more progressive. Judge me by what we will do for you.’

Lutfur Rahman speaks at the Tower Hamlets election count in London after being elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets in the second round, defeating Labor incumbent John Biggs in the local elections. Picture date: Friday May 6, 2022. PA Photo. See PA Story POLITICS Elections. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Lutfur Rahman was ousted as Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2015 (Image: PA)

Mr. Rahman won 40,804 votes while Mr. Biggs received 33,487.

He plans to phase out Low Traffic Neighborhoods (LTNs), which have proven unpopular with some Tower Hamlets residents.

The programs minimize the number of cars on the streets to encourage alternative modes of transportation.

Mr Rahman said: “Our roads have been closed, blocked. It contributes to more CO2 in the district than the idea was to reduce.

“We will look at our roads, we will consult and we will reopen our roads.”

The 56-year-old founded Aspire following the dissolution of Tower Hamlets First Party following his 2015 ban.

She was the main political opposition in Tower Hamlets Council prior to the May 2018 election.

Mr Biggs described yesterday’s result as “crucial”.

He said: “I’m proud of our many achievements, but this clearly reflects a desire for change.

“I’m concerned about the divisive community politics, but the new mayor needs to seize the opportunity and deliver on the promises he’s made.”

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