Former Tower Hamlets mayor, Lutfur Rahman, has launched an appeal against a High Court judgement that found him guilty of illegal practices during the 2014 mayoral election.

Mr Rahman wants to challenge a ruling by election commissioner Richard Mawrey QC, who, at an Election Court trial in April 2015, said the mayor was guilty of bribery and corruption and banned him from office for five years.

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

Mr Rahman’s lawyers made an application to the High Court on Tuesday, January 26, to make Mr Mawrey’s ruling subject to a judicial review.

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Three of the petitioners after it was announced Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of electoral fraud. Left to right; Andy Erlam, Angela Moffat and Azmal Hussein

Mr Rahman was not present at the case in front of Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mr Justice Supperstone.

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The judges are expected to make a decision on whether permission should be granted later.