Tower Hamlets Conservatives have formally selected Cllr Peter Golds as their candidate in the forthcoming mayoral election.

His nomination had been widely publicised before the decision and he joins rivals John Biggs (Labour), Andy Erlam (Red Flag Anti Corruption) and Cllr Rabina Khan (former Tower Hamlets First) on the ballot paper for June 11. Nominations close on Friday.

After his victory Cllr Golds, an Isle of Dogs representative and leader of the Conservative Group on the council, said: “My priority is to restore good governance to Tower Hamlets.

“I will restore the reputation of our great borough. If I am chosen as mayor there will be no cronyism, no back-room deals, every decision I make on behalf of residents will be made in an open and transparent way.

“Every penny we spend of our budget will be published and I will be completely accountable to you the people of this borough. I will run our council for the benefit of all residents regardless of race or religion.”

He said he planned to make the council more mobile, taking planning decisions to the location affected and holding a question time in different places.

He said: “I will re-launch Tower Hamlets in its 50th anniversary year to be a beacon of good governance after the damaging Rahman years.”