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John Biggs to fight mayoral re-run

Labour has selected its defeated candidate in last year's Tower Hamlets mayoral election to fight the re-run contest ordered by a court earlier this week.

Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey declared the 2014 poll void after finding victor Lutfur Rahman guilty of wrongdoing in an Election Court hearing on Thursday.

A new contest is to be held in the east London borough on June 11, with Mr Rahman barred from standing. Labour announced that its candidate will be John Biggs, who lost to Mr Rahman by a margin of 34,143 to 37,395 in the second-round vote last May.

Mr Biggs said: "I am delighted to have been confirmed as Labour's candidate. Tower Hamlets must now move on from the divisive politics of Lutfur Rahman and his disgraced regime of corruption and mismanagement.

"We need leadership that is once again open and accountable and restores the trust of the people we're here to serve. I want to put the council back on everyone's side.

"Only Labour can beat Lutfur Rahman's candidate in Tower Hamlets. My focus will be to restore confidence and to serve local families, addressing the big issues and great opportunities we face in our borough - on affordable housing, on education, on safety and most of all helping build a better future for everyone in Tower Hamlets."


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