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Labour increases control in Tower Hamlets and Respect and Lib Dems keep just one seat each

PUBLISHED: 13:01 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:59 05 October 2010

LABOUR has increased its majority on Tower Hamlets council. It has upped its hold on the council with 41 seats, 11 more than in the previous administration. Respect s results reflect its poor showing in the General Election in the East End and now has

LABOUR has increased its majority on Tower Hamlets council.

It has upped its hold on the council with 41 seats, 11 more than in the previous administration.

Respect's results reflect its poor showing in the General Election in the East End and now has just one councillor - Harun Miah in Shadwell.

Before the election the party had eight councillors, led by parliamentary hopeful Abojol Miah, who did not stand for council this time, concentrating all his efforts in his unsuccessful bid to become elected to Parliament.

The Liberal Democrats are also now down to just one councillor, the former group leader Stephanie Eaton

The Conservatives have lost one seat on the council and now have eight seats.

They have welcomed newcomer Gloria Thienel (Blackwall and Cubitt Town) who has been fighting on behalf of East End homes leaseholders and Zara Davis, (Millwall) who at 22, is thought to be the youngest member of the council.

But Spitalfields GP Anwara Ali who defected from Labour to the Tories narrowly missed winning a seat on Bow West.

However the Yes vote for a directly elected mayor puts the council in limbo for the next six months as politicians from all sides wait to see which party wins the top job controlling the £1 billion budget in October.

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