The former mayor of East London, who was forced to resign and banned from running for five years, has re-elected to the top post.

Lutfur Rahman was removed from his post as Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2015 after an election court found him guilty of corruption and illegal activities, although he was not prosecuted.

But after the local elections were summed up on Friday, Rahman regained the role.

His 40,804 votes exceeded the 33,487 votes won by his closest contender, Labor MP John Biggs, who has held the post since 2015.

Mr Rahman, who speaks for the Aspire party, said he had “a longer term than I did in 2014 or 2010” and promised to “rebuild” the area.

He said: “I want to rebuild Tower Hamlets, I want to invest in our future and give our people a better future than we have had for the last seven years.

“Judge me and my administration by our records, what we gave in the first term – the only area in the country where there is free home care, we gave the London living wage – the first in London, we gave a university scholarship, educational assistance. .

“Our further promises are even more progressive. Judge me for what we will do for you.”

One of the problems that angered voters was the introduction by Mr. Biggs of low-traffic neighborhoods where residential streets were blocked to restrict traffic.

Mr Rahman suggested that one of his first actions as mayor would be to repeal them, saying: “Our roads have been closed, blocked.

“It helps increase the amount of CO2 in the area when there was an idea to reduce it.

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Mr Rahman defeats incumbent President John Biggs (center)

“We will look at our roads, consult and reopen our roads.”

Back in 2015, election commissioner Richard Mori made a number of conclusions against Rahman, saying they had discovered an “alarming state of affairs” in the East London area.

Four voters have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Rahmanmaking a number of allegations, including “personalization” when voting by mail and at polling stations where people illegally vote on behalf of others.

Mr Rahman insisted there was “little, if any” evidence of wrongdoing against him, and his lawyers dismissed the claims as “in some cases deliberately false allegations”.

Because of Mr. Mori’s decision, the Tower Hamlets mayoral election in 2014 was declared invalid, and Mr. Biggs won re-election.

https://news.sky.com/story/lutfur-rahman-ex-mayor-banned-for-corrupt-and-illegal-practices-re-elected-in-londons-tower-hamlets-12607083

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