2014 Tower Hamlets London Borough Council election

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Map of the results of the 2014 Tower Hamlets council election. Conservatives in blue, Labour in red and Tower Hamlets First in light red.

Elections to Tower Hamlets London Borough Council took place on 22 May 2014, the same day as other United Kingdom local elections, the election of the directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, and the European Parliament elections. Voting in Blackwall & Cubitt Town Ward was postponed due to the death of a candidate.

As of 6 March 2017 the composition of the Borough Council was: 22 Labour, 9 Independent Group Councillors, 5 Peoples Alliance of Tower Hamlets, 5 Conservatives, 3 Independents and 1 Liberal Democrat.[1]

Reduction in council size[edit]

The Tower Hamlets (Electoral Changes) Order 2013 reduced the size of the Council and created new electoral wards.[2]

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England began the process of changing the size of Tower Hamlets Council in 2012.[3] The new wards for the elections in 2014 are as follows.

Electoral wards in Tower Hamlets, 2014
Ward Number of councillors
Bethnal Green 3
Blackwall and Cubitt Town 3
Bow East 3
Bow West 2
Bromley North 2
Bromley South 2
Canary Wharf 2
Island Gardens 2
Lansbury 3
Limehouse 1
Mile End 3
Poplar 1
Shadwell 2
Spitalfields and Banglatown 2
St Dunstan's 2
St Katharine's and Wapping 2
St Peter's 3
Stepney Green 2
Weavers 2
Whitechapel 3

Results by ward[edit]

Bethnal Green (3)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Amy Gibbs 2,911 17.1
Labour Sirajul Islam 2,292 13.5
Tower Hamlets First Shafiqul Haque 2,048 12.0
Labour Abdirashid Gulaid 2,038 12.0
Tower Hamlets First Babu Chowdhury 1,792 10.5
Tower Hamlets First Salim Ullah 1,652 9.7
Green Chris Thorne 1,362 8.0
Liberal Democrat Kamrun Shajahan 629 3.7
UKIP Lubov Zsikhotska 622 3.6
Conservative Alan Mak 460 2.7
Conservative Meera Amrish Patel 330 1.9
TUSC Ellen Kenyon Peers 327 1.9
TUSC Clive Heemskerk 254 1.5
Conservative Taz Kha'lique 238 1.4

2014–2018 by-elections[edit]

A by-election for the ward of Stepney Green was held on 11 June 2015, after the sitting councillor, Alibor Choudhury, was found guilty of corrupt and illegal practices by an election court.[4]

Stepney Green by-election 11 June 2015[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sabina Akhtar 1,643 42.1 Decrease 9.9
Independent Abu Chowdhury 1,472 37.7 Increase 13.0
Green Kirsty Chestnutt 272 6.9 Increase 1.6
UKIP Paul Shea 203 5.2 Increase 0.3
Conservative Safiul Azam 158 4.0 Increase 0.8
Liberal Democrat Will Dyer 114 2.9 Increase 1.0
Something New Jessie Macneil-Brown 40 1.0 Steady
Majority 171 4.4
Turnout 3,902 47.4
Labour gain from Tower Hamlets First Swing

A by-election for the ward of Whitechapel was held on 2 December 2016, after the sitting councillor, Shahed Ali, was found guilty of housing fraud. Another independent candidate, Ahmed Shafi, won the seat.[6][7]

Whitechapel by-election 2 December 2016[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Shafi Ahmed 1,147 44.7 Steady
Labour Victoria Obaze 823 32.1 Increase 2.5
Conservative William Fletcher 217 8.5 Increase 0.7
Liberal Democrat Emanuel Andejelic 173 6.7 Increase 3.9
Green James Wilson 170 6.6 Increase 1.0
UKIP Paul Shea 34 1.3 Decrease 0.3
Majority 324
Turnout 2,564 24.5
Independent hold Swing

Results[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election 22 May 2014 (result since declared void by an election court) [9]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Tower Hamlets First Lutfur Rahman 36,539 43.4% 856 37,395 44.4%
Labour John Biggs 27,643 32.8% 6,500 34,143 40.5%
Conservative Christopher Wilford 7,173 8.5%
UKIP Nicholas McQueen 4,819 5.7%
Green Chris Smith 4,699 5.7%
Liberal Democrat Reetendra Banerji 1,959 2.3%
TUSC Hugo Pierre 871 1.0%
Independent Reza Choudhury 205 0.2%
Independent Mohammed Khan 164 0.2%
Independent Hafiz Kadir 162 0.2%
Turnout 86,540 47.6% Rejected ballots: 2,306
Registered electors 181,871
Void election result

Council[edit]

Party Seats won Percentage of votes
Labour Party 22 38.6
Tower Hamlets First 18 34.9
Conservative Party 5 12.1
Total 45
Source: Tower Hamlets Council

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayor and Councillors by Party". towerhamlets.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Order Legislation.gov
  3. ^ Tower Hamlets FER Archived 30 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine LGBCE
  4. ^ Tower Hamlets election fraud mayor Lutfur Rahman removed from office, BBC News, 23 April 2015
  5. ^ "Stepney Green - Thursday, 11th June, 2015". Tower Hamlets Council. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ Mike Brooke (27 October 2016). "Tower Hamlets councillor jailed for housing tenancy fraud while owning properties". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ Mike Brooke (2 December 2016). "Shock defeat for Labour as independent 'novice' wins Tower Hamlets by-election at Whitechapel". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Whitechapel - Thursday, 1st December, 2016". Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election - Thursday, 22nd May, 2014". Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 24 May 2014.