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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."