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The Evening Standard has reported that the Deputy Mayor of London has asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

Commenting on the Deputy Mayor of London's decision to ask HMIC to review the police investigation into 2014 election fraud in Tower Hamlets, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"I welcome the Deputy Mayor’s decision to call in HMIC to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

"Protecting the security and integrity of our democracy is vitally important. Trying to steal an election is a serious crime and local people are rightly deeply frustrated that despite Lutfur Rahman and his colleagues being found guilty by the Election Court, the police have failed to bring criminal charges against anyone involved. Even now, there is a culture of denial with for example two councillors who were at the heart of Rahman's banned Tower Hamlets First party announcing they are picking up his mantle and are intent on running for Mayor in 2018.

 "Despite considerable scrutiny it remains unclear why the police failed to speak to key witnesses and left boxes of evidence untouched. I hope that HMIC’s review will help to reassure the public that this will not be able to happen again."

HMIC Review into 2014 Tower Hamlets election fraud

The Evening Standard has reported that the Deputy Mayor of London has asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to review the police's investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has today responded to the recommendations of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, which has called for an enquiry into the Tower Hamlets electoral fraud investigation.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

"Despite a High Court judge finding Lutfur Rahman and his colleagues guilty on multiple counts of corruption and electoral fraud, there is deep frustration that the process stopped without criminal charges. On the basis of the evidence in the election court there were many leads to follow. 

"Many people in Tower Hamlets are understandably mystified why those who tried so hard to steal the 2014 election have yet to be fully held to account. I welcome the Police and Crime Committee’s call for the HMIC to be called in to see what lessons can be learnt from this sorry saga.

"Thankfully electoral fraud is rare but where it does happen we need confidence that the police have the skills and motivation to thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice."

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Responding to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget, John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

"For nearly seven years, the Conservative Government has hammered public finances and this latest Budget is more of the same. Sticking plasters and so-called relief measures hide the deep and harmful cuts to public services that have already been imposed.

"New measures such as additional funding for social care may sound appealing, but they go nowhere near far enough to plug the budget gaps the Conservatives have already created.

"The impact of Tory cuts has been felt very strongly in Tower Hamlets. Residents face a housing crisis, a social care crisis, slashed school funding, an NHS buckling under chronic strain and an uncertain future after Brexit.

"The latest round of Conservative cuts means that over the coming years, Tower Hamlets Council has to save around £58m. We've protected frontline services as far as possible but this latest budget offers no respite from the Tory cuts to our communities."

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