Tower Hamlets local elections

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, the local authority for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, is elected every four years.

Political control[edit]

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Communist Respect Others
2010 Independent - Lutfur Rahman - - - - - -
2010 Labour 8 41 1 - 1 -
2006 Labour 7 26 6 - 12 -
2002 Labour - 35 16 - - -
1998 Labour - 41 9 - - -
1994 Labour - 43 7 - - -
1990 Liberal Democrat - 20 30 - - -
1986 Liberal/S.D.P. Alliance - 24 26 - - -
1982 Labour - 31 18 - - 1
1978 Labour - 43 7 - - -
1974 Labour - 60 - - - -
1971 Labour - 60 - - - -
1968 Labour - 57 - 3 - -
1964 Labour - 55 - 3 - 2

Council elections[edit]

By-election results[edit]

1964-1968[edit]

St Mary's by-election, 13 August 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Communist B. Borman 709
Labour J.P. Duggan 297
Liberal M. Dove 217
Majority 412
Turnout 5,664 21.6
Communist hold Swing
Poplar Millwall by-election, 19 November 1965
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Johns 662
Tenants Association L.A. Jordan 535
Majority 127
Turnout 5,505 21.8
Labour gain from Independent Swing

1968-1971[edit]

St Mary's by-election, 26 June 1969
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R.W. Ashkettle 533
Communist D. Lyons 454
Majority 79
Turnout 17.1
Labour gain from Communist Swing
Bethnal Green West by-election, 24 September 1970
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C.H. Main 633
Liberal C. Suett 82
Conservative J.R.M. Baker 56
Majority 551
Turnout 13.4
Labour hold Swing
Holy Trinity by-election, 24 September 1970
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour I.P. McDougall 667
Communist D. Lyons 127
Conservative A. Heller 64
Majority 540
Turnout 11.1
Labour hold Swing
Poplar East by-election, 24 September 1970
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour P. Beasley 1,223
Conservative R.W. Hartley 69
Union Movement S.S. Bailey 33
Majority 1,154
Turnout 19.2
Labour hold Swing

1971-1974[edit]

There were no by-elections

1974-1978[edit]

Limehouse by-election, 20 March 1975
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John O'Neill 776
Liberal Maurice Caplan 289
National Front Frank Berry 161
Majority 487
Turnout 7,101 17.3
Labour hold Swing
Poplar South by-election, 31 March 1977
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Arthur Sanders 551
Conservative Selwyn Williams 227
National Front Frank Berry 173
Independent Labour Victor Clark 43
Majority 324
Turnout 4,333 23.0
Labour hold Swing
Spitalfields by-election, 20 October 1977
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Geoffrey White 816
Socialist Unity Hilda Kean 242
Conservative Edna Hill 133
National Front Beverley Matthews 70
Majority 574
Turnout 5,573 22.8
Labour hold Swing

1978-1982[edit]

Bow by-election, 6 March 1980
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Felicity Coakley 936
Labour Albert Snooks 697
Conservative John Livingstone 46
National Front Victor Clark 43
Majority 239
Turnout 5,350 32.3
Liberal hold Swing
Blackwall by-election, 9 July 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Boles 512
Conservative Simon McCall 105
Independent Labour Peter Read 54
National Front Susan Clapp 19
Nationalist Party George Williams 12
Majority 407
Turnout 4,260 16.6
Labour hold Swing
Weavers by-election, 9 July 1981
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Bishop 574
National Front Victor Clark 95
Conservative Linda Archibald 87
Nationalist Party Sheila Payne 37
Majority 479
Turnout 6,994 11.5
Labour hold Swing

1982-1986[edit]

Grove by-election, 7 July 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Janet Ludlow 1,105
Labour Belle Harris 414
Majority 691
Turnout 3,771 40.4
Liberal hold Swing
Bromley by-election, 1 March 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Beryl Day 1,461
Labour Neil McAree 1,446
Majority 17
Turnout 6,892 42.3
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
St. Peter's by-election, 19 July 1984
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Josie Curran 1,324
Labour Albert Jacob 779
National Front Raymond Bradford 97
Conservative Robert Ingram 73
Majority 545
Turnout 7,306 31.2
Liberal hold Swing
Spitalfields by-election, 18 July 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Abbas Uddin 784
Independent Muhammad Hannan 775
Conservative Peter Ainsworth 174
Majority 9
Turnout 5,065 34.7
Labour hold Swing
Blackwall by-election, 12 September 1985
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Christine Shawcroft 770
Social Democrat Jonathan Mathews 645
Conservative Robert Hughes 63
BNP David Ettridge 33
Majority 125
Turnout 4,003 37.8
Labour hold Swing

1986-1990[edit]

Holy Trinity by-election, 3 July 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Belinda Knowles 1,642
Labour Michael Chalkey 957
National Front Roger Evans 138
Conservative Paul Ingham 22
Majority 685
Turnout 6,851 40.6
Liberal hold Swing
St. Katharine's by-election, 22 September 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Biggs 1,374
Social Democrat Anhar Uddin 485
Conservative Nicolas Gibb 326
Green Derek England 118
Independent Ronald Osborne 50
Majority 889
Turnout 8,459 28.0
Labour hold Swing
Lansbury by-election, 24 November 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Bowen 1,256
Liberal Democrat Peter Hughes 1,164
BNP David Ettridge 49
Conservative Thomas Taylor 31
Green Derek England 21
Social Democrat Anthony Norton 21
Majority 92
Turnout 6,479 39.4
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

1990-1994[edit]

Park by-election, 19 July 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Ms. E. Baunton 779 50.5
Labour P.N. Royal 598 38.8
BNP Stephen Smith 130 8.4
Green Derek England 18 1.2
Conservative John Livingstone 17 1.1
Majority 181 11.7
Turnout 4,271 36.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
St. Peter's by-election, 30 August 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ms. S. Sullivan 1,030 45.3
Liberal Democrat T. Cowley 915 40.3
BNP Kenneth Walsh 275 12.1
Conservative Ms. S-J. Quinlan 53 2.3
Majority 115 5.0
Turnout 7,375 30.8
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Spitalfields by-election, 27 August 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour S.A. Mizan 1,098 64.0
Conservative M.S. Bakth 536 31.2
BNP Kenneth Walsh 82 4.8
Majority 562 32.8
Turnout 5,501 31.2
Labour hold Swing
Millwall by-election, 1 October 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Johns 1,275 38.7 -6.3
Liberal Democrat Jonathan Mathews 1,178 35.8 -4.1
BNP Barry Osborne 657 20.0
Conservative J.P. Fage 182 5.5 -1.9
Majority 97 2.9
Turnout 9,756 33.8
Labour hold Swing
Millwall by-election, 16 September 1993
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
BNP Derek Beackon 1,480 33.8
Labour J.J. Hunt 1,473 33.7 -11.4
Liberal Democrat J.E. Mills 1,284 29.6 -10.6
Conservative T.R. Dickenson 134 3.1 -4.4
Majority 7 0.1
Turnout 9,960 44.0
BNP gain from Labour Swing

1994-1998[edit]

Shadwell by-election, 15 September 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Keith 1,783
Liberal Democrat Richard Roberts 317
BNP Gordon Callow 305
Conservative Paul Ingham 74
Majority 1,466
Turnout 6,848 36.2
Labour hold Swing
Lansbury by-election, 15 December 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Michael Keating 1,457
Liberal Democrat Peter Hughes 844
BNP Derek Beackon 562
Conservative John Livingstone 24
Majority 613
Turnout 5,832 49.5
Labour hold Swing
Weavers by-election, 22 February 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mohammed Ali 1,388
Independent Liberal Democrat Terry Milson 551
BNP David King 486
Liberal Democrat Sajjad Miah 482
Militant Labour Hugo Pierre 112
Majority 837
Turnout 6,846 44.1
Labour hold Swing
Limehouse by-election, 9 November 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Wakefield 1,467
Liberal Democrat Paul Bargery 625
BNP Gordon Callow 147
Conservative David Hoile 53
Majority 842
Turnout 5,877 39.0
Labour hold Swing
St Mary's by-election, 9 May 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Judith Gardiner 1,027 62.5
Liberal Democrat James Langan 267 16.3
Conservative Reza Choudhury 243 14.8
Militant Labour Hugo Pierre 106 6.4
Majority 760 46.2
Turnout 4,346 37.8
Labour hold Swing

1998-2002[edit]

Holy Trinity by-election, 28 June 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sirajul Islam 1,081 53.5 +11.5
Liberal Democrat Rosina Tucker 817 40.5 -2.9
BNP Lynda Miller 74 3.7 -1.0
Socialist Alliance Pauline Kempster 47 2.3 +2.3
Majority 264 13.0
Turnout 2,019
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

2002-2006[edit]

Blackwall and Cubitt Town by-election, 27 June 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Brian Son 686 31.3 -12.3
Conservative Tim Archer 676 30.8 +2.5
Liberal Democrat Nurul Karim 361 16.4 -1.0
Independent Terry Johns 252 11.5 +0.8
BNP Gordon Callow 87 4.0 +4.0
Independent Eric Pemberton 68 3.1 +3.1
Independent Shah Haque 21 1.0 +1.0
New Britain Party Dennis Delderfield 19 0.9 +0.9
Green Keith Magnum 16 0.7 +0.7
Socialist Alliance Theresa Selby 9 0.4 +0.4
Majority 10 0.5
Turnout 2,195 24.0
Labour hold Swing
St Dunstans and Stepney Green by-election, 29 July 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Respect Oliur Rahman 878 31.1 +31.1
Liberal Democrat Jalal Uddin 754 26.7 +11.5
Labour Shah Rahman 578 20.4 -24.4
Conservative Alexander Story 445 15.7 -14.4
National Front Lynda Miller 172 6.1 +6.1
Majority 124 4.4
Turnout 2,827 29.9
Respect gain from Labour Swing
Millwall by-election, 9 September 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Simon Rouse 828 34.8 +15.0
Respect Paul McGarr 635 26.7 +26.7
Labour John Cray 571 24.0 -24.4
Independent Andrew Sweeney 195 8.2 +8.2
Liberal Democrat Barry Blandford 150 6.3 -7.6
Majority 193 8.1
Turnout 2,379 23.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

2006-2010[edit]

Shadwell by-election, 9 August 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Respect Harun Miah 1,512 43.2 -1.7
Labour Michael Keith 1,415 40.4 +9.2
Conservative William Crossey 476 13.6 -3.9
Liberal Democrat Rosie Clarke 98 2.8 -3.6
Majority 97 2.8
Turnout 3,501 39.7
Respect hold Swing
Millwall by-election, 1 May 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Snowdon 2,133 48.5 +4.7
Labour Doros Ullah 1,421 32.3 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Mohammed Uddin 370 8.4 -0.7
BNP Jeffrey Marshall 219 5.0 +5.0
Respect Reza Mahbob 170 3.9 -11.5
Left List Rebecaa Townesend 83 1.9 +1.9
Majority 712 16.2
Turnout 4,396 38.6
Conservative hold Swing
Weavers by-election, 1 May 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fazlul Haque 1,421 37.4 +18.3
Liberal Democrat John Griffiths 930 24.5 -16.2
Respect Dilwara Begum 637 16.8 -1.8
Conservative Gias Ahmed 435 11.5 +5.8
BNP Russell Pick 154 4.1 +4.1
Independent Sara Dixon 143 3.8 -3.9
Independent Niru Murshid 77 2.0 +2.0
Majority 491 12.9
Turnout 3,797 47.7
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing
Mile End East by-election, 20 November 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rachael Saunders 1,208 47.3 +18.5
Conservative Motiur Rahman 630 24.7 +13.7
Respect Hafiz Choudury 604 23.7 -0.9
Liberal Democrat Jainal Chowdury 110 4.3 -15.6
Labour hold Swing 19.4

2010-2014[edit]

Spitalfields and Banglatown by-election, 16 December 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Respect Fozol Miah 666 45.4
Labour Abdul Alim 553 37.7
Conservative Matt Smith 135 9.2
Green Maggie Crosbie 52 3.5
Liberal Democrat Ferdy North 33 2.2
Independent Jewel Choudhury 28 1.9
Majority 113 7.7
Turnout 8,827 16.8
Respect gain from Labour Swing 10.1

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