Cops drop Tower Hamlets mayoral election ‘irregularities’ investigations

POLICE have dropped investigations into two allegations into election irregularities in the run-up to the mayoral election in Tower Hamlets.

However, they are still looking into two complaints including an advert containing allegations about one of the candidates in last October’s election to the post.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “All complaints and allegations received are assessed, and where appropriate, are thoroughly investigated in close liaison with the CPS and other relevant agencies.”

The election was the first for a mayor picked by the voters of Tower Hamlets and councillors decided that the newly created post would carry a �65,000 a year salary – the same as an MP.

The turnout was very low for the contest which saw five local politicians compete for the role. Just 25.6 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in the election.

The election had been triggered by the results of a referendum last May.