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Ken Livingstone stands by disgraced Tower Hamlets Mayor

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone says if Lutfur Rahman has broken the law, he should be arrested Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a long-time supporter of Lutfur Rahman has criticised the Election Commissioner's decision to throw the Tower Hamlets Mayor out of office.

Speaking to LBC radio Mr Livingstone said, "If he broke a law why haven't the police arrested and charged him?"

Of the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey he commented, "[He is an] unelected bureaucrat overturning the result of an election. I think this is very, very worrying.

"If he's done something wrong have him arrested. Put him on trial. I hope Lutfur will appeal because in all my dealings with him I've never seen anything dodgy."

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Ken Livingstone's warning to Miliband

Ken Livingstone recently lost the race to become Mayor Credit: ITN

Labour leader Ed Miliband should stop trying to court the Blairite wing of the party, mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone said today.

He also claimed Mr Miliband could be the next Prime Minister and "transform Britain in a way that we haven't seen for a very long time".

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Livingstone, who lost to Tory candidate Boris Johnson last week in the race to become London Mayor, said working-class people had become "disillusioned" at the last Labour government's failure to create "good jobs".

He said that, for the last 30 years, Britain had taken a "wrong turning", adding Mr Miliband was now "getting the economic strategy right".

Mr Livingstone dismissed any suggestion that he planned to join the House of Lords.Asked whether he would accept a peerage, he said: "Oh God, no, spare me that. I've been punished enough."

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