Lutfur Rahman has failed to launch a judicial review against a High Court ruling that banned him from office for five years.

The former mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty of bribery and corruption during the 2014 mayoral election, following a lengthy election trial at the Royal Courts of Justice.

In April 2015, election commissioner Richard Mawrey found Rahman guilty of illegal practices and banned him from standing in a local election for five years.

Four voters - led by resident Andy Erlam - had taken legal action against the former lawyer under the Representation Of The People Act.

Following the rejection of the application yesterday, Mr Erlam said: “Mr. Rahman remains banned and disgraced. Given his stated respect for the court system, it is surprising that he has not paid his costs yet. It is also surprising that the police have not investigated him.

Fight: Andy Erlam arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice during the petition against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman

“We will see what the court had to say about spiritual influence. We are very confident that the penalties will all still stand and democracy is revived in Tower Hamlets.”

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Decision: The Royal Courts of Justice, where election commissioner Richard Mawrey made his ruling

Mr Rahman’s lawyers made an application to Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Supperstone to make Mr Mawrey’s ruling subject to a judicial review.

Mr Rahman was not present at the case held at the High Court on Tuesday, January 26.