Mayor of Tower Hamlets’s political party doesn’t have a bank account

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An eyebrow rising detail from the legal action over the election of controversial Tower Hamlets Mayor, Lutfur Rahman:

The petitioners claimed that mayor Lutfur Rahman and his election agent Alibor Choudhury committed electoral fraud to get Mr Rahman re-elected in 2014. On behalf of the petitioners, Francis Hoar returned on Tuesday to the fact Tower Hamlets First – the party Mr Rahman founded to run for mayor – did not have a bank account.

He said: “Both Mr Raham and Mr Choudhury have wholly failed to say why that was. The only reason why you would not have a bank account is so that you can engage in fraud and in election law expenses offences.”

Responding to this in his submission to the judge, Duncan Penny QC, on behalf of Mr Rahman and Mr Choudhury, said it was not a legal requirement for a party to have a bank account and the petitioners had “an agenda”.

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