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Referendum votes to keep Tower Hamlets mayor


Campaigners have gained an amazing victory to keep the put up of directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets. 

More than 81,000 individuals turned up to forged their vote in the May 6 referendum referred to as by Tower Hamlets Council final October.

Lutfur Rahman... making a comeback for all-powerful Mayor in 2022 after winning referendum vote.

Lutfur Rahman

– Credit: Mike Brooke

It was a transparent win for the marketing campaign, backed by former mayor Lutfur Rahman, to keep the put up after his five-year ban for malpractice in workplace ended final month. 

More than 63,000 voters determined to proceed with an govt mayor, a place which has been in place for 11 years, whereas solely 18,000 voters had been in opposition to. 

“You may see the poll papers piling up from the beginning,” impartial Cllr Andrew Wood mentioned.

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“It means we are going to keep the chief mayor in Tower Hamlets for one more 10 years after that very clear win.”

The turnout was nearly 42 per cent for an voters of 202,000 within the borough, the populations of which is certainly one of Britain’s quickest increasing and certainly one of Europe’s most dense.

A victorious John Biggs when he won 2015 election for mayor... could now face old adversary at the polls in 2022.  

A victorious John Biggs when he gained 2015 election for mayor… may now face previous adversary on the polls in 2022.

– Credit: Mike Brooke

Current Mayor John Biggs, who gained the put up for Labour in 2015 after Mr Rahman’s ban within the High Court overturned the earlier 12 months’s election, had campaigned to abolish his personal job citing earlier years of corruption.

Mayor Biggs... conceded defeat in referendum hoping to scrap post of mayor

Mayor Biggs… conceded defeat in referendum hoping to scrap put up of mayor

– Credit: Mike Brooke

He informed the East London Advertiser: “That man was discredited and price the borough hundreds of thousands in authorized and different charges. Rather than stand for workplace, he ought to stand in the midst of Bethnal Green Road and apologise for the disgrace he introduced.

“It can be higher to change the system, however I respect the referendum choice and if I’m referred to as to do it once more, I’ll keep it up doing that to the perfect of my potential.”

The consequence means he could possibly be up in opposition to Mr Rahman subsequent 12 months when the four-year put up is up for grabs. The final time the 2 went head-to-head was the 2014 election which Mr Rahman gained, however was later declared void within the courts. 

Mr Rahman informed the Advertiser final week: “The mayoral system’s opponents have sought to make this a referendum about me, using a smear marketing campaign with the backing of allies within the media.

“They claimed I used to be discovered responsible of legal corruption. This is a lie. These claims relate to an election tribunal, with no powers to resolve criminality.”

Labour has held the mayoral put up since 2015, and has been anxious to return to a system which sees locally-elected ward councillors elect a council chief on a four-year time period.

Result... victory for keeping elected mayor.

Result… victory for protecting elected mayor.

– Credit: Andrew Wood