The Staggers 23 April 2015 Lutfur Rahman found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices The election in Tower Hamlets has been declared void and will be re-run. Not with a bang but a whimper. Photo:Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, has been found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices. The election has been declared void and now will be re-run. Four voters took legal action against Rahman, who they alleged used "corrupt and illegal practices" in the election last year. Rahman had denied the allegations, and was found guilty of bribery, corruption and other offences. In addition, the elections of Rahman's party, Tower Hamlets First, have also been declared void. › Mare Nostrum and the high price of guarding “our sea” Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics. He also co-hosts the New Statesman podcast. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!