New allegations of polling booth intimidation during the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election have been made in a High Court claim, reports the Evening Standard. Lutfur Rahman, Britain's first directly elected Muslim mayor, will face the claims brought by local residents who want to rerun the election on the grounds that he won through electoral fraud. He has issued a statement rejecting the claims as unsubstantiated, cynical, politically motivated attacks. The election court hearing will take place on 2 February. Election commissioner Richard Mawrey QC has moved the hearing from Tower Hamlets town hall to the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, commenting that the town hall cannot be regarded as a "neutral venue".