Residents of Tower Hamlets have chosen their first Directly Elected Mayor.
Former council leader, Lutfur Rahman (Independent) was elected early this morning (Friday 22 October) following the counting of ballot papers at York Hall Leisure Centre.
Councillor Rahman, a ward member for Spitalfields and Banglatown, was elected with 51.76 per cent of the first preference votes.
Speaking after his victory, Councillor Rahman said: “The people of Tower Hamlets last May spoke for a change in governance of Tower Hamlets. The people of Tower Hamlets spoke today to elect me as their first directly elected Mayor.
“Whatever part of the community you belong to, work with me to deliver for the people of Tower Hamlets.”
The results in full were as follows:
Helal Uddin Abbas (Labour) – 11,254
Alan Duffell (Green Party) – 2,300
John Griffiths (Liberal Democract) – 2,800
Neil King (Conservative) – 5,438
Lutfur Rahman (Independent) – 23,283.
The new Mayor will formally take up his post on Monday 25 October and a by-election for his vacant ward seat will be held within 35 working days following a notice of vacancy and a request to fill the vacancy by two residents in the Ward.
The turnout for the election was 25.6 per cent, similar to that for the first Mayoral elections held in Newham (25.49 per cent) and Hackney (26.34 per cent) in 2002.
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