Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

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Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Executive mayor elected every four years
Whole council elected every four years
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Coat of arms
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Council logo
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1965
Preceded by Bethnal Green Borough Council
Poplar Borough Council
Stepney Borough Council
New session started
22 May 2014 (Municipal year 2014/2015)
John Biggs, Labour Party
Since 11 June 2015
M.A. Mukit MBE
Since 22 May 2014
Seats 45 councillors
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Council political groups

Executive (22)

Opposition (23)

Supplementary vote
Council last election
22 May 2014
Mayor last election
11 June 2015
Council next election
Mayor next election
Meeting place
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
Council constitution

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London, England. The council is unusual in that its executive function is controlled by a directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets, currently John Biggs.[1]

Following the May 2014 election, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council was composed of 22 Labour Party members, 19 Tower Hamlets First members and 5 Conservative Party members.[2] Following the removal of Lutfur Rahman as mayor and Alibor Choudhury as councillor, Tower Hamlets First was removed from the Electoral Commission register of political parties, with Labour's Sabina Akhtar replacing Choudhury as councillor for Stepney Green and John Biggs replacing Rahman as Mayor, following the by-elections in June 2015.[3][4]

The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced three local authorities: Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council.


There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Tower Hamlets area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 1 April 1965. Tower Hamlets London Borough Council replaced Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council, Poplar Metropolitan Borough Council and Stepney Metropolitan Borough Council. All three had been created in 1900, in Bethnal Green the borough council replaced the parish vestry and in Poplar the council replaced the board of works; both authorities had been incorporated by the Metropolis Management Act 1855. Stepney had a more convoluted history with the metropolitan borough council established in 1900 replacing the Limehouse District Board of Works, the Whitechapel District Board of Works and the parish vestries of Mile End Old Town and St George in the East.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Tower Hamlets as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Tower Hamlets London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Tower Hamlets became an education authority in 1990. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.

Following a local referendum on 6 May 2010, a directly elected executive mayor system of local government commenced with the election on 21 October 2010 of Lutfur Rahman as mayor.

Rahman was re-elected at the 2014 mayoral election, but the result of this election was cancelled and declared null and void on 23 April 2015 when the Election Court officially reported Rahman to be personally guilty of corrupt or illegal practices, or both (electoral fraud) under the Representation of the People Act 1983.[5][6] He was thus removed from his office with immediate effect and was also personally debarred from standing for elected office until 2021.[7][8]


From 1986 to 1994 the council experimented with decentralisation of services to seven neighbourhood areas.[9]


Tower Hamlets London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Summary results of elections[edit]

Previous election results are as follows:

Election Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2014 No overall control 5 22 - 18
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/SDP 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 - 5

List of councillors[edit]

The councillors as of 12 June 2015 are as follows:[10]

Councillor Political party Ward
Khales Uddin Ahmed LAB Bromley North
Ohid Ahmed Independent Group Lansbury
Rajib Ahmed LAB Lansbury
Suluk Ahmed Independent Spitalfields & Banglatown
Sabina Akhtar LAB Stepney Green
Mahbub Alam Independent Group St Dunstan's
Shah Alam Independent Group Mile End
Amina Ali LAB Bow East
Shahed Ali Independent Group Whitechapel
Abdul Asad Independent Group Whitechapel
Craig Aston CON Limehouse
Asma Begum LAB Bow West
Rachel Blake LAB Bow East
Chris Chapman CON Blackwall & Cubitt Town
Dave Chesterton LAB Blackwall & Cubitt Town
Gulam Kibria Choudhury Independent Group Poplar
Andrew Cregan LIB DEM Island Gardens
Julia Dockerill CON St Katharine's & Wapping
David Edgar LAB Mile End
Marc Francis LAB Bow East
Amy Whitelock Gibbs LAB Bethnal Green
Peter Golds CON Island Gardens
Shafiqul Haque Independent Group Bethnal Green
Clare Harrisson LAB St Peter's
Danny Hassell LAB Bromley South
Sirajul Islam LAB Bethnal Green
Denise Jones LAB St Katharine's & Wapping
Aminur Khan Independent Group Whitechapel
Rabina Khan Independent Shadwell
Shiria Khatun LAB Lansbury
Abjol Miah LPBP St Peter's
Ayas Miah LAB St Dunstan's
Harun Miah Independent Group Shadwell
Md. Maium Miah Independent Group Canary Wharf
Mohammed Mufti Miah Independent Group Bromley North
Abdul Mukit LAB Weavers
Muhammad Ansar Mustaquim Independent Group St Peter's
Joshua Peck LAB & CO-OP Bow West
John Pierce LAB Weavers
Oliur Rahman Independent Group Stepney Green
Gulam Robbani Independent Group Spitalfields & Banglatown
Candida Ronald LAB Blackwall & Cubitt Town
Rachael Saunders LAB Mile End
Helal Uddin LAB Bromley South
Andrew Wood CON Canary Wharf

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election - Thursday, 11th June, 2015". Tower Hamlets Council. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Local Elections - Thursday, 22nd May, 2014". Tower Hamlets Council. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stepney Green - Thursday, 11th June, 2015". Tower Hamlets Council. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Tom Whitehead (2015-04-23). "Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman guilty of corrupt and illegal practices over election". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  6. ^ Parliament of the United Kingdom (8 February 1983), The Representation of the People Act 1983, Chapter 2 (as amended on the 23rd. July 2015), Part III, Section 159, London: The National Archives, Ministry of Justice, HM Government, retrieved 23 July 2015 
  7. ^ Tower Hamlets election fraud mayor Lutfur Rahman removed from office, BBC News, British Broadcasting Corporation, 23 April 2015, retrieved 25 July 2015 
  8. ^ Mike Brooke (29 April 2015), Rahman’s ‘Tower Hamlets First’ is removed from Electoral Commission’s party register, The Docklands and East London Advertiser, retrieved 25 July 2015 
  9. ^ Dench, Geoff (2006). The new East End : kinship, race and conflict. London: Profile. ISBN 1861979282. 
  10. ^ "Mayor and Councillors". Tower Hamlets Council. Retrieved 12 June 2015.