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Tower Hamlets Mayor Bullish Over Election Challenge

Tuesday 29th July 2014

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman says he is confident a High Court bid to overturn May's election result will be dropped.

Lutfur Rahman

Four petitioners claimed Mr Rahman was guilty of electoral fraud during May's mayoral election.

LBC's Political Editor Theo Usherwood reports: "Today is a victory of sorts for Mr Rahman. While two judges said the case could still go ahead, the petitioners must provide more details about their complaint by August 18.

"And they will liable for legal costs if they fail in their bid. These could run in to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"In a statement, Mr Rahman said he was completely confident the case would eventually thrown out. He added there was simply no evidence to back up claims voters were intimidated during the election."

Mr Justice Supperstone said: "I do not consider it is appropriate to fix the date of the trial before the further particulars we have ordered should be given have been provided.

"In any event, a commissioner will now be appointed to hear this petition and it will be for the commissioner to fix the date of the hearing."