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Lutfur Rahman names woman he wants to succeed him as mayor

At a rally packed with his supporters, former Tower Hamlets mayor Luftur Rahman has named the current cabinet member for housing Rabina Khan as the next mayoral candidate for his party. But it's unclear if she'll be allowed to stand, as the Tower Hamlets First party has been banned from the ballot.

Rabina Khan is currently the cabinet member for housing at Tower Hamlets council Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

At the rally at the Waterlily Conference Centre on Mile End Road, Cllr Khan insisted she was not a "puppet". She told the crowd she was proud to be Bangladeshi, proud to be Muslim and proud to be British.


Tower Hamlets Election - the Sequel

A date has been set for the re-run of last year's Tower Hamlets mayoral election, following the sacking of Lutfur Rahman for corruption. The Metropolitan Police has been accused of turning a blind eye to electoral fraud, being afraid they would be considered racist. Watch our political correspondent Simon Harris's roundup of the day's events.

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."

Tower Hamlets council welcome decision to halt probe

Tower Hamlets council has welcomed Scotland Yard's decision to halt the investigation into allegations against their elected mayor.

Bangladesh-born Lutfur Rahman had strenuously denied the allegations. Credit: PA Wire

Police said Lutfur Rahman will face no further action "at this stage" over claims of fraud and financial mismanagement by the BBC Panorama documentary.

The Bangladesh-born mayor had strenuously denied the allegations.

A council spokesperson said: “The news from the Metropolitan Police is to be welcomed and Tower Hamlets will continue to work with the Auditors and DCLG."

Police halt investigation into Tower Hamlets mayor

Scotland Yard has halted its investigation into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement against an elected mayor after finding no evidence of criminality.

Bangladesh-born Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, will face no further action from the Metropolitan Police "at this stage".

A statement said:

The files have been reviewed by a team of officers over the past six days. In addition, officers have liaised with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) who are conducting a full and wide-ranging audit of financial matters at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

There is no credible evidence of criminality within the files to provide reasonable grounds to suspect that fraud or any other offence has been committed at this stage.

Therefore the MPS will not be investigating at this point in time and believe that it is appropriate for the material to be reviewed further by PwC and DCLG. We will continue to liaise with them, should their audit uncover any evidence of criminality.

– Scotland Yard


Mayor denies wrong-doing

Lutfur Rahman, centre, with some Olympic tickets winners in 2012 Credit: David Parry/PA Archive

The Bangladeshi mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, is accused of more than doubling the recommended level of funding for Bengali-run charities.

Opposition councillors say they believe the grants were handed out in return for electoral support.

Lutfur Rahman became Britain's first directly elected Asian mayor in 2010, winning as an independent with only 13% of registered voters.

Almost two thirds who turned out to vote were from the Bangladeshi community.

Now Labour and Conservative opposition councillors are alleging that his selection of Bangladeshi charities for grant funding in the run up to the election was motivated by electoral advantage.

The mayor denies the allegations.

The Panorama investigation, The Mayor and Our Money, will air tonight at 8.30 on BBC1.