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."