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Biggs promises new era in Tower Hamlets politics after winning re-run election ballot by decisive margin

Biggs promises new era in Tower Hamlets politics after winning re-run election ballot by decisive margin

Labour’s John Biggs is the new Mayor of Tower Hamlets, elected in the early hours of this morning. His triumph was announced to his cheering supporters just before 5am after an all night count at the Excel Centre in east London. The mayoral election was ordered after the High Court…

LIVE: John Biggs declared Mayor of Tower Hamlets at 5am after tense second-preference vote count

LIVE: John Biggs declared Mayor of Tower Hamlets at 5am after tense second-preference vote count

Labour Party candidate John Biggs was elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets this morning by a margin of 6,370 votes over runner-up Rabina Khan. The result was announced shortly before 5am following a second-preference vote count from which all candidates but Biggs and Khan had been eliminated. Biggs received 32,754 votes…

The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

The Queen’s Speech: what are the implications for East London boroughs of three key bills?

A major Parliamentary legislative programme was spelled out in the Queen´s speech on Wednesday, with the monarch announcing plans by the new Conservative Government for more than 20 new bills. They cover a range of subjects from new powers for Scotland to extending free childcare. Here, Eastlondonlines examines the implications for the local…

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice becomes new Mayor of Croydon

Patricia Hay-Justice is the new Mayor of Croydon. After Manju Shahul-Hameed had office for one year, Hay-Justice will serve for the 2015-16 term. She was Deputy Mayor until now. Labour member Hay-Justice was elected to represent Addiscombe ward in 2010 and participated in several committees such as Crime prevention or Housing ever since. After having…

Expatriates in London urged to use their vote this month in crucial Turkish general election

Expatriates in London urged to use their vote this month in crucial Turkish general election

Turkish expatriots in Eastlondonline boroughs are being urged to vote in the Turkish general election. The election is expected to be the catalyst of great political change in the country and as such could have an effect on more than just the next four years. This is the first time…

Tower Hamlets confirms Mayoral election candidates

Tower Hamlets confirms Mayoral election candidates

Ten candidates will be standing for Tower Hamlets Mayor in the re-run election on 11 June. The election comes after Lutfur Rahman was found found guilty of electoral fraud and bribery in the 2014 mayoral election and was dismissed as mayor. The candidates who submitted their nomination papers by the time nominations closed are:…

#ELLGE2015: Graphics showing how Hackney voted

#ELLGE2015: Graphics showing how Hackney voted

Both Labour and the Greens increased their share as Hackney returned their incumbent Labour MPs – local residents have consistently supported the party since the late 1970s. The Green Party rose hugely in popularity, while UKIP made an entry into Hackney South and Shoreditch. Diane Abbott held her seat with a 63 per cent vote share in Hackney…

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows how Labour lost in Croydon

As one of the 12 key battleground constituencies, all eyes were on Croydon Central on election night. The Conservative win in this marginal seat spoke to the larger national result, while North and South Croydon saw no particular political shakeup. Increased support for UKIP, however, was notable. Croydon Central saw a close race, with…

#ELLGE2015: Tower Hamlets Labour and UKIP surge

#ELLGE2015: Tower Hamlets Labour and UKIP surge

Both Tower Hamlets’ Labour MPs held their seats in the general election while extending their majorities by an additional 18 per cent. Support for the party remained strong in the borough in stark contrast to Labour’s bleak results across the country. Rushanara Ali won Bethnal Green and Bow with a majority of 24,317…

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows Green vote soar in Lewisham

#ELLGE2015: Graphic shows Green vote soar in Lewisham

There were substantial gains for the Labour Party across Lewisham, while the Liberal Democrats suffered massive losses in all three constituencies. Across the borough as a whole, support for the Green Party nearly tripled. UKIP saw a three-to-five-fold increase in popularity, while the Conservative vote hardly moved. In Lewisham West and…

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