Labour has selected John Biggs to run again in the mayoral elections after disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman was kicked out of office on Thursday.
Labour's NEC made short work of selecting Mr Biggs although it is understood Cllr Rachael Saunders was invited to attend at short notice but declined.
Mr Biggs, London Assembly member for City and the East, was narrowly defeated by the Tower Hamlets First leader 34,143 to 37,395 in the second-round vote last May.
But the poll was declared void by Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey in the High Court after Mr Rahman was found to have won the election through illegal and corrupt practices. He is banned from standing in the election, now scheduled for June 11.
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.”
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets First candidate – a party denounced as merely an extension of Mr Rahman’s ego – would the party would be offering up a candidate in the re-arranged mayoral election.
In the 2014 election, 10 candidates stood, from Tower Hamlets First, Labour, Conservative, Ukip, Green, Lib Dems and TUSC parties with three independent candidates.
Matters are made more confusing by the general election as a number of the candidates fighting Tower Hamlets constituencies were also mayoral candidates and would perhaps hope to be again. These include Tory Christopher Wilford and the Ukip candidate Nicholas McQueen.