Labour hold onto Bow East and West in the recent local election and overall take last two seats for overall majority – for now.
See below for full results.
Here is an up-to-date report on the election results taken from the East London Advertiser:
Labour has kept the two last seats to be counted in the controversial local council elections at Tower Hamlets in London’s East End—in the face of an onslaught from Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s independent group.
Voting in the last ward to be declared, Bromley South, five days after the polls closed, was a close call with several recounts before the result came through last night.
Labour took both seats, with a narrow margin of just 10 votes between winning the second seat and losing in third place by the runner-up from the mayor’s self-styled Tower Hamlets First group.
Allegations of voter intimidation at several polling stations across the East End last Thursday are to be investigated, the Electoral Commission has confirmed.
Complains were made to police about voters having to run the gauntlet of party supporters and leaflets left unlawfully in voting booths not being removed by presiding officers.
The challenge by UKIP was seen off across the East End, but the growing Green vote almost certainly cost Labour votes both for council seats and the separate poll for mayor which Rahman won by a narrow majority over Labour’s John Biggs.
Labour, which lost control of the Town Hall in 2010 when Rahman became first elected executive mayor with full power over its £1.2 billion budget, lost two former group leaders in one fell swoop at Thursday’s polls.
Biggest humiliation was Helal Abbas losing at Spitalfields to the Mayor’s former paid advisor Gulam Robbani who got back in after initially taking a seat in a by-election there two years ago.
Abbas was the council leader in 2010 who got Rahman deselected as Labour’s original candidate for Mayor when he gave evidence to the party’s national executive about allegations concerning Lutfur’s links with radical Islam.
Lutfur went on to run as an independent and stormed home that year—despite a campaign by party grandees such as Lord Kinnock who came out on the campaign trail against him. Last Thursday appeared to be Lutfur’s final payback to Abbas.
Labour also lost group leader Motin Uz-Zaman at Mile End, where health spokesman Rachael Saunders just scraped home to take the third place in the three-seat ward behind party veteran David Edgar.
Denise Jones kept her seat at St Katharine’s and Wapping, but Carlo Gibbs was ousted.
Labour held on to its Bethnal Green and Bow heartland with frontbenchers like Marc Francis, Amy Whitelock Gibbs, Sirajul Islam and former group leader Joshua Peck.
Shocks for the Conservatives came at Island Gardens ward where staunch Isle of Dogs campaigner Gloria Thienel lost her seat to Labour’s Andrew Cregan by 44 votes for second place, with first place held by Tory group leader Peter Golds.
Mayor Rahman’s party consolidated its traditional stronghold in Poplar, Whitechapel, Shadwell and Stepney Green, held by his cabinet stalwarts like Alibor Choudhury, Shahed Ali, Oliur Rahman and Rabina Khan.
The new two-seat Canary Wharf ward was split between the Mayor’s party and the now-reduced Tory group.
Labour and Tower Hamlets First were running neck-and-neck until last night’s result at Bromley South which gives Labour 20 seats, a majority of two in the council chamber for the moment, but still in Opposition to the mayor’s executive powers.
Two more seats have yet to be accounted for at Blackwall & Cubitt Town. That vote has been postponed because of the death of a candidate just 24 hours before the polls. A by-election will be run in July.
BOW EAST (3 seats)
Rachel Blake (Lab) 2,611 (19.2pc) ELECTED
Marc Francis (Lab) 2,308 (17.0pc) ELECTED
Amina Ali (Lab) 2,023 (14.9pc) ELECTED
Sabia Kamali (THF) 989 (7.3pc)
Abdus Salam (THF) 977 (7.2pc)
Lucy Rees (Green) 935 (6.9pc)
Mickey Ambrose (THF) 774 (5.7pc)
Tatyana Hancocks (Green) 651 (4.8pc)
Cameron Penny (Con) 520 (3.8pc)
James Thompson (Con) 496 (3.6pc)
Stephanie Chan (Con) 455 (3.3pc)
Andy Spracklen (Lib Dem) 449 (3.3pc)
George Paton (TU Soc) 221 (1.6pc)
Andy Erlam (Red Flag) 129 (0.9pc)
Total votes: 13,538
BOW WEST (2 seats)
Joshua Peck (Lab) 2,439 (29.5pc) ELECTED
Asma Begum (Lab) 1,996 (24.1pc) ELECTED
Jainal Chowdhury (THF) 702 (8.5pc)
Matt Smith (Con) 627 (7.5pc)
Anwar Khan (ind) 619 (7.4pc)
Louise Whitmore Green) 559 (6.7pc)
Alistair Polson (Green) 552 (6.6pc)
Safiul Azam (Con) 441 (5.3pc)
Altaf Hussain (Lib Dem) 328 (3.9pc)
Total votes: 8,263