Tower Hamlets election: Labour’s John Biggs named mayor

Tower Hamlets election: Labour’s John Biggs named mayor

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Labour’s John Biggs has become the directly elected mayor of the London borough of Tower Hamlets, in an election called after the previous mayor was removed from office.

He lost last year to independent Lutfur Rahman, who was convicted of electoral fraud and told to stand down in April.

Rahman was banned from the new vote.

Mr Biggs won 32,754 votes, including second preference votes, to beat independent Rabina Khan. He said the borough now needed to “move forwards”.

Speaking after the overnight count at London’s ExCel conference centre, the new mayor said: “What is important in Tower Hamlets is that we recognise the events of the past year or more have caused enormous tension and friction in our great borough and we need… to pull things back together again.

“Without dwelling too much on the past we should remind ourselves why we are in this position; there was bad behaviour.

“We need to overcome that, we need to move forwards, we need to recognise that Tower Hamlets is actually quite a magical place… where people come with traditionally quite little and build their dreams.”

He was elected with fewer votes than he received in the election he lost to Rahman last year.

Ms Khan, a former member of Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party, received a total of 26,384 votes, including second preferences, while Conservative Peter Golds was third with 5,940.

There was a strong police presence at polling stations and at the overnight count.

Turnout in the election was 37.73%.


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