New Tower Hamlets Mayor pleads for unity

PUBLISHED: 03:46 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 22 October 2010

Lutfur Rahman faces the media after winning the contest

Lutfur Rahman faces the media after winning the contest

Carmen Valino

Newly-elected Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman calls for unity in the East End

Rahman greets hundreds of excited supporters outside York Hall

THE first directly elected mayor of Tower Hamlets pledged to work for all residents as the East End faces the tough economic climate in the days ahead.

It has been a turbulent few weeks for Lutfur Rahman who was deselected by the Labour party and made the decision to run as an Independent instead.

In his acceptance speech, after winning 51.7% of the vote (23,283 votes), he said: “All I have wanted to do is serve the people of Tower Hamlets.”

He added: “I have received and benefited from the services of this great borough and I have always wanted to give back.”

The former Labour leader of the council said: “The people of Tower Hamlets last May spoke for a change in governance of Tower Hamlets. The people of Tower Hamlets spoke today to elect me as their first directly elected mayor. All I want to do is serve the people of Tower Hamlets whether black or white or whatver their religion or creed.

“Whatever part of the community you belong to work with me to deliver for the people of Tower Hamlets. If we work together and with each other we can do so.”

He added: “Join me to heal the divisions.”

The newly elected mayor emerged from York Hall greeted by cheers from a 400 strong crowd of supporters who had waited for more than four hours outside in the cold to hear the result.

Poplar and Limehouse MP JIm Fitzpatrick pledged to hold the new mayor to account.

Labour’s candidate Helal Abbas said: “This is a sad night for those of us who want to build a better future and a united Tower Hamlets.

”Lutfur Rahman has won tonight but not as he wanted, as the Labour candidate.

”Thankfully, Labour’s ruling National Executive had the backbone to stop him from being the Labour candidate.”

Lutfur’s election will trigger a by-election in the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 18:01

Police investigating yesterday’s terrorist attack in Westminster have arrested a woman in east London.

Yesterday, 08:36

Some police in Tower Hamlets will be deployed on “public order aid” duties today following the terrorist attack in Westminster.

Wed, 18:00

A warning shot has been fired by the Salvation Army’s world leader on a visit London’s deprived East End about closing doors on people when the Prime Minister triggers Article 50 next week to quit the EU.

Wed, 16:37

A policeman and two members of the public are among four people killed in a major terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Wed, 16:16

A ukulele orchestra is calling on all uke players to join them in a Red Nose Day flashmob outside London Liverpool Street station.

Two people have died and others are seriously injured in a suspected terrorist incident at the Houses of Parliament.

Wed, 15:26

Ambitious expansion plans to rejuvenate east London’s historic Geffrye Museum have taken a major step forward today with a £12.3 million National Lottery windfall.

Wed, 14:51

The final public hearing opened today in the nine-year legal battle to stop developers “encroaching” on east London’s historic George Tavern music venue.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news


Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now