Tower Hamlets Council has regained some of the powers lost during Lutfur Rahman’s mayoralty.

The Department For Communities And Local Government stepped in over serious concerns about the way the authority was being run.

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Ministers installed commissioners to wrest control of the council from Mr Rahman, who was later found guilty of electoral fraud and removed from office.

His replacement as mayor, John Biggs, has won the confidence of the Government and power is set to return to his office.

From Saturday, October 31, the Government’s commissioners will no longer directly run the council, but will continue to carry out some functions and oversee further improvements led by the mayor.

In a letter to Mr Biggs, Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “I’m pleased with the progress that has been made in Tower Hamlets over the last six months, which will help restore the community’s confidence in how their area is being run.

“It means I am confident that Mr Biggs can now be left to take on the day-to-day running of the borough as the mayor.

“But our four commissioners will remain in place and I will not hesitate to take action if progress stalls and the governance of Tower Hamlets falls short.”