Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2015] All ER (D) 197 (Apr)
Neutral Citation: [2015] EWHC 1215 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC

Representation Francis Hoar for the Petitioners.
  Duncan Penny QC for the first respondent.
  Timothy Straker QC for the second respondent.
Judgment Dates: 23 April 2015


Elections - Election court - Voting offences - Electors bringing petition challenging validity of election of mayor - Whether allegations in petition being made out - Whether election of mayor to be avoided - Representation of People Act 1983, ss 127-135A.

The Case

Elections Election court. Four electors in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (the Borough) brought a petition under the challenging the Mayoral Election in the Borough held on 22 May 2014. The Queen's Bench Division held that the majority of the allegations in the petition had been made out and that the election of the first respondent as Mayor of the Borough was avoided by such corrupt or illegal practices pursuant to s 159(1) of the 1983 Act and also to have been avoided on the ground of general corruption pursuant to s 164(1)(a) of the 1983 Act.

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