Controversial Mayor Lutfur Rahman today declared: 'There's nothing rotten in Tower Hamlets.' The East London borough has been in the spotlight since Rahman's re-election amid allegations of voter intimidation and fraud.
The outcome of the poll in May is being challenged by an election petition in the high Court. In an exclusive interview with ITV News Rahman appeared to dismiss reports of crowds at polling stations as 'festivities'.
Rahman also dismissed a complaint from a senior civil servant who accused Tower Hamlets of obstructing an official investigation into allegations of poor financial management and fraud.