1. ITV Report

Tower Hamlets mayor to face 'proper scrutiny' following by-election

Controversial Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has been told to expect "proper scrutiny" following the results of a by-election.

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Labour won two seats and the Conservatives gained one seat in the delayed poll in the Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward. The vote was postponed from May when a candidate died just days before the main London borough elections.

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The result means:

  • Labour has 22 seats on the council
  • Rahman's Tower Hamlets First party has 18
  • Tories have 5 seats

Tower Hamlets is one of four London boroughs run by a directly elected mayor instead of the largest party.

Conservative group leader Councillor Peter Golds say he would be talking to Labour councillors about co-operating in a bid to hold Rahman to account.

We ought to use the majority we have to make sure he is properly scrutinised. He personally needs to be scrutinised because every decision is his decision.

– Councillor Peter Golds
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There was a big police presence at polling stations yesterday following claims of voter intimidation on election day in May and a chaotic count which lasted 23 hours.

Cllr Golds added:

The police and Electoral Commission presence was overwhelming. It was much better managed than previously.