The Tower Hamlets election petition, the fourth that Judge Mawrey QC has presided over in a decade, is a landmark for the borough and for those of us who wish to see the creaking UK electoral system tightened up and to ensure that once again electors can vote in privacy, without influence, knowing that the contest is free and fair.

Sadly, many of our actual electoral procedures date back to the 19th century and it shows.

Although, it must be said, the 21st century decision to allow postal voting on demand needs to be reviewed to ensure that voting is once again a private act in public rather than a public act in private.

For too many years campaigners, investigative journalists and residents have amassed volumes of information regarding electoral malpractice in this borough.

The organisation charged with investigating malpractice, the police, has undertaken few investigations and when they have done so they are little more than cut and paste exercises.

The Election Court revealed the levels of corruption and intimidation that are sadly regarded as normal in Tower Hamlets.

Former councillor Kabir Ahmed was named in court for corrupt and illegal practices five years after he was first reported to the police for using an address in the borough where he did not live.

He was one of several Tower Hamlets First supporters revealed to be “ghost voters” who corrupted the voting process.

Secondly, the Electoral Commission needs to justify its £17million funding by acting to report on malpractice and recommend solutions.

This is a body that should represent voters and not officials. Twice in recent years the commission has published reports into elections in the borough which are an embarrassment.

Instead of wailing on that Tower Hamlets has a strong and robust electoral process, which it most certainly does not, the commission should concern itself with the reality of the situation.

As for Lutfur Rahman himself, just by putting his photograph on a dustcart does not give him political credibility. His persona, stoked up by sycophantic hangers-on, created a toxic mix of incompetence and personal vanity.

Nobody in public gets it right all the time. His refusal to answer legitimate questions in council, the permitting of vicious personal attacks against perceived opponents and his arrogance showed up in court.

Perhaps the defining moment of his time in court was calling Baroness Uddin as a witness, another disgraced minor politician, to act as a witness on his behalf.

June 11 will be an opportunity to repair the reputation of local government in Tower Hamlets. Afterwards there must be an inquiry into the long term failure of the Metropolitan Police to properly investigate corruption in this borough.

Cllr Peter Golds is an Isle of Dogs representative and leader of the Conservative Group on the council.