Tackling election fraud and malpractice in London
Following an investigation into the difficulties of tackling election fraud and malpractice in the capital, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee publishes its findings and recommendations, in a letter to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden.
The Committee findings include:
- There is widespread concern that there have been no criminal prosecutions, despite the Election Court judgement findings against the former Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, on a variety of corrupt and illegal practices.
- There is a deepening sense among Londoners that "justice has not been seen to be done."
- More could have been done to investigate the very many allegations of fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets before and during the 2014 Mayoral election.
- Those investigations that did take place were not done to the highest possible standards.
- Evidence was missed in the Met’s investigation - a bundle of 27 files sent to the Director of Public Prosecution was not reviewed by the Met.
- The relationship between the Met and the Petitioners has been unsatisfactory.
- The Met was not present through the Election Court hearing, but instead reviewed the final judgement. The Met did not, therefore, hear the full extent of the allegations that were laid out in Court.
The letter recommends that the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime requests Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) investigate the Met Police role in matters relating to the 2014 Mayoral Election in Tower Hamlets; the findings of the Election Court judgement 2015; and associated investigations thereafter.
As recommended by the Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, has requested HMIC carry out an inspection into the handling of the Tower Hamlets case and make recommendations for future improvement.