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Contest to succeed ousted mayor

Published 15/05/2015

Andy Erlam (left) will run for Red Flag
Andy Erlam (left) will run for Red Flag

The race to replace a corrupt mayor in London will pit one of the people who brought him down against a former member of the mayor's political party.

Andy Erlam, who led the group of four voters who took legal action against Tower Hamlets' Lutfur Rahman at the High Court, is standing for his own Red Flag - Anti-Corruption party in the June 11 by-election, the borough council confirmed.

He will face competition from Councillor Rabina Khan, Tower Hamlet's current cabinet member for housing and development. She is a former member of Rahman's Tower Hamlets First (THF) party, but is standing as an independent.

Labour's John Biggs, who was the runner-up to Rahman in last year's election and alleged at the High Court case that he was the victim of a smear campaign that portrayed him as a racist, will run again in the east London borough.

Mr Rahman was ordered to step down as mayor last month after Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices.

Mr Rahman was found ''personally'' guilty of wrongdoing and ''guilty by his agents'' by Mr Mawrey, who sat as a judge at an Election Court trial.

Mr Mawrey ruled that Mr Rahman would be barred from running for office for five years and that the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election would have to be re-run.

Completing the 10-strong candidate list are two others who stood last year, Ukip's Paul McQueen and independent Hafiz Abdul Kadir, plus Conservative Peter Golds, Liberal Democrat Elaine Badshaw, the Green Party's John Foster, Vanessa Hudson of the Animal Welfare Party, and independent Md Motiur Rahman Nanu.

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