Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats are calling for an investigation into the handling by the Metropolitan Police of allegations of corrupt and illegal practices during the 2014 Mayoral election. We are backing a letter from Steve O’Connell, Chair of the GLA’s Police and Crime Committee, requesting the Deputy Mayor of London for Policing and Crime to initiate a probe into how no criminal prosecutions were pursued, despite significant evidence.
Elaine Bagshaw, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Poplar and Limehouse said:
“We need to rebuild trust in local politics in Tower Hamlets. Too many residents have lost faith in a system where candidates can engage in corrupt behaviour and get away with it.
Local voters need to see that justice has been properly pursued, and, with the Mayoral Election approaching again next year, candidates and activists need to know that illegal activities will not go unpunished.
There has been huge disappointment in the Met’s inaction on the evidence brought to light in the Electoral Court and the Borough is looking for a proper resolution, not for the issue to be swept under the carpet.
We ask Sophie Linden to demand an investigation from HMIC so that residents can be satisfied that all lines of enquiry have been followed.”
Ed Long, Chair of Tower Hamlets Lib Dems commented:
“The Electoral Petitioners took an extraordinary personal risk in successfully bringing the case against Lutfur Rahman and have done a huge service to local democracy.
It’s vital that people prepared to shine a light on corruption are taken seriously by the police and judiciary so it’s troubling to learn that evidence from the electoral case seems to have been disregarded by the MPS.
A continued failure to act will only serve to encourage future corrupt behaviour which, ultimately, fails the people of Tower Hamlets.”