1. ITV Report

Tower Hamlets mayor fails to stop election victory legal challenge

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has failed to stop a legal challenge which could overturn his election victory.

Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets Credit: PA

Four political activists have launched an Election Petition at the High Court to try to get the result declared void. They claim May's poll was marred by vote-rigging, fraud and intimidation.

Police officer outside a Tower Hamlets polling station Credit: ITV News

Rahman's lawyers tried to stop the process, saying the allegations lacked detail. But today two High Court judges rejected his bid to block the challenge. A full hearing is now likely to take place at Tower Hamlets Town Hall.