Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman re-elected

Lutfur Rahman has been re-elected for a second term as Mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

The closely-fought contest saw Rahman, formerly a member of the Labour Party but now under the banner of new party Tower Hamlets First, beat Labour's John Biggs by 37,395 votes to 34,143.

Lutfur Rahman
Labour removed Lutfur Rahman as a candidate for the 2010 mayoral elections, but he went on to win as an independent. Credit: PA

Rahman's campaign was marred by allegations that he had increased grants for certain charities in return for electoral support, which the Mayor strongly denied.

An police investigation into the allegations, ordered by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, found "no credible evidence of criminality".

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