Lib Dems select Tower Hamlets Mayor candidate as police launch new probe

The Liberal Democrats have selected Elaine Bagshaw for the Tower Hamlets Mayor by-election following controversial Lutfur Rahman’s election being struck out by the courts on grounds of electoral fraud.

The police, meanwhile, have launched a new investigation into election fraud in Tower Hamlets:

Police are investigating four new allegations of electoral fraud at scandal-stricken Tower Hamlets after the borough’s mayor was found guilty of corrupt practices.

Detectives have been tasked with reviewing allegations included in a 200 page court report that declared void the 2014 election victory of former mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Scotland Yard confirmed that the ‘exceptional circumstances’ of the case meant police had been granted an extension to the one-year time limit within which criminal proceedings must be brought.

However detectives will be unable to start a criminal investigation into a fifth allegation under laws requiring proceedings to be started within one year of an offence being committed.

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