24 Bengali councillors were elected as Councillors in Tower Hamlets in the local election that took place on 3rd of May. Around 150 candidates of Bangladeshi origin took submitted their candidacy for 45 posts. Out of them 24 were elected, 23 of them from Labour and one from another party. As the continuation of the result Labour is back in leadership of the council after a decade, Labour has won 42 out of 45 seats in Tower hamlets.
The elected Bangladeshi Councillors are from Bethnal Green: Mohammed Ahbab Hossain, Sirajul Islam (Labour); Blackwall & Cubitt: Mohammed Iqbal Morshed Pappu (Labour); Bow East: Amina Ali (Labour); Bow West: Asma Begum (Labour); Bromley North: Zenith Rahman (Labour); Helal Uddin (Labour), Island Gardens: Mufeedah Bustin (Labour); Lansbury: Kahar Chowdhury (Labour); Muhammad HM Harun (Labour); Mile End: Asma Islam (Labour); Puru Miah (Labour); Poplar: Sufia Alam (Labour); Shadwell: Rabina Khan (People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets) Ruhul Amin (Labour); Spitalfields & Banglatown: Shad Uddin Chowdhury (Labour); Leema Omar Qureshi (Labour); St Dunstan’s: Dipa Das (Labour); Ayas Miah (Labour); St. Katherine and Wapping: Abdal Ullah (Labour); St. Peter’s: Tarik Ahmed Khan (Labour); Stepney Green: Motin Uz-Zaman (Labour); Weavers: Abdul Mukit (Labour); Whitechapel: Faroque Mahfuz Ahmed (Labour); Shah Suhel Ameen (Labour).
On the other hand Labour’s John Biggs won a second term as mayor of Tower Hamlets.
Mr Biggs fell little short of winning the 50 per cent of first preference votes he needed and in a repeat of the 2015 election it was between him and Rabina Khan, for the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlet (PATH), as the second choice ballots were counted.
Ohid Ahmed, the candidate for Aspire, the party set up by former mayor Lutfur Rahman, came third with 14 per cent of first preference votes.
Mr Biggs received 37,619 first preference votes and 7,246 second preference votes compared to the runner up Rabina Khan who received 13,113 first and 3,765 second preference votes.
Ohid Ahmed from Aspire came third receiving 11,109 votes and conservative candidate Dr. Anwara Ali received 6,149 votes and came fourth.
The turnout for the mayoral election was 41.96 per cent, up from 37.73 per cent at the mayoral by-election in 2015.
The count for the mayoral election took place overnight at the ExCel Centre, London.
There were 80,252 votes in the mayoral elections – of those, 19,083 were postal votes.