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Lutfur Rahman applies for judicial review over alleged fraud probe

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman is going for a judicial review to challenge Eric Pickles' probe into alleged fraud. Tower Hamlets questions "grounds for intervention" after PricewaterhouseCoopers were asked to investigate in April.

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Voters 'must vote unhindered' in by-election

Councillor Peter Golds said: "I want to see the police ensure that anyone can enter a polling station without hindrance from groups of people trying to canvass them as they try to go in."

Councillor Peter Golds Credit: Simon Harris/ITV News

He added: "I also want the police to ensure that when people are inside the polling stations voters vote unhindered and people are allowed to cast their vote in private."

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Call for police action to prevent voting intimidation

Tower Hamlets Tory leader Peter Golds is demanding police action to prevent intimidation at Thursday's by-election. Three seats are being contested by 21 candidates in Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward.

Police officer outside a polling station in Tower Hamlets in May Credit: Press Association

The Electoral Commission has ordered the council to avoid a repeat of May's election count fiasco.

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Complaints over delays in Tower Hamlets probe

A senior civil servant has complained of delays in the release of information by Tower Hamlets during an official investigation. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles ordered a probe into alleged poor financial management and fraud in April.

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Inspectors from PricewaterhouseCoopers were due to report today but have been given more time. The civil servant says information material to inspection made available "only after delay or not at all".


84 complaints about the election in Tower Hamlets

Officers from the Specialist Crime and Operations Directorate have received a total of 84 complaints of electoral malpractice in relation to the borough of Tower Hamlets.

Following a thorough assessment of all complaints, it has been determined that in the majority of cases there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed.

A number of complaints received relate to alleged behaviour of campaigners at polling stations in Tower Hamlets on 22 May and these are currently being assessed in conjunction with our partners.

– Metropolitan Police

High volume of complaints over Tower Hamlets voting

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