Labour has confirmed that London Assembly member John Biggs will be its candidate in the contest to replace Lutfur Rahman as Tower Hamlets Mayor.
Mr Biggs stood against Rahman in last year’s mayoral election but lost the bitterly fought contest by 3,200 votes.
Rahman’s victory was immediately mired in accusations of wrongdoing by him and some of his supporters. Last week a court vindicated those concerns by finding Rahman guilty of electoral fraud and ordering that the result be nullified.
As well as stripping Rahman of office, Judge Richard Mawrey barred him from standing in the re-run.
Mr Biggs, who the court found had been the victim of unfounded accusations of racism by Rahman’s supporters, said he was “delighted to have been confirmed as Labour’s candidate”.
He added: “My focus will be to restore confidence and to serve local families, addressing the big issues and great opportunities we face in our borough – on affordable housing, on education, on safety and most of all helping build a better future for everyone in Tower Hamlets.”
At City Hall Biggs has proven himself a tough scrutineer of Boris Johnson, regularly locking horns with the Mayor over his approach to fares, housing and the cost of his administration.
He also lead an all-party Assembly review into the transparency of the mayor’s agencies which resulted in greater routine publication of documents and data, making it easier for Assembly Members and media to hold Johnson to account.
The Tower Hamlets by-election will take place on June 11th.