Top Tory Sir Eric Pickles says illegal election practices in Tower Hamlets are a “wake-up call” that public institutions need to do more to stamp out corruption.

The former communities secretary is now on a mission to uncover corrupt voting practices in council elections, according to the Daily Mirror.

East London’s recent election fraud scandal resulted in Lutfur Rahman being removed from office as mayor of Tower Hamlets after he was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices in a hearing at the High Court.

A fresh election was held in April, with Labour candidate John Biggs winning the contest.

Sir Eric said: “The British system is among the world’s most trusted democracies, but it is essential that it remains so.

“The recent election court ruling in Tower Hamlets is a wake-up call that state bodies need to do far more to stamp out corruption and restore public confidence.

“Financial and electoral sleaze go hand in hand – if a dodgy politician is willing to break election law, they will not hesitate to syphon off taxpayers’ money for their own ends.”

Sir Eric, who lost his cabinet position following the last general election now investigate what changes are needed to make the system more secure including a review of the Electoral Commission.