Go-ahead for mayoral poll challenge

Lutfur Rahman was elected for a second term as mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London

Lutfur Rahman was elected for a second term as mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London

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The High Court has rejected a bid to block a challenge to the recent mayoral election in London's Tower Hamlets which brought independent Lutfur Rahman back for a second term.

Four voters, headed by Andy Erlam, who stood as a councillor on an anti-corruption ticket, have launched an election petition to get the result declared void, alleging fraud.

But lawyers for Mr Rahman applied for the petition to be dismissed as an abuse of process saying that, in breach of the relevant rules, sufficient particulars of the allegations were not given.

Today, Mr Justice Supperstone and Mr Justice Spencer said they had reached the firm conclusion, for reasons they would give at a later date, that the petition was "not a nullity in whole or in part".

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