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Who will stand as first directly elected mayor for Tower Hamlets?

PUBLISHED: 12:08 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:59 05 October 2010

THE EAST End will get its first directly elected mayor. Voters in Tower Hamlets said yes to a revamp of the leadership at the town hall with 60,758 people voting for the change and 39,857 against it. The Respect party had campaigned hard for a directly

THE EAST End will get its first directly elected mayor.

Voters in Tower Hamlets said yes to a revamp of the leadership at the town hall with 60,758 people voting for the change and 39,857 against it.

The Respect party had campaigned hard for a directly elected mayor and all eyes will be on the candidate it puts forward.

Political pundits are speculating whether George Galloway who lost his fight to become the first MP at Poplar and Limehouse throw his hat into the ring or whether fellow parliamentary hopeful Abjol Miah who was unsuccessful in contesting Bethnal Green and Bow stand as mayor.

The Yes vote puts the three main parties in an interesting position - they were all opposed to having a directly elected mayor for Tower Hamlets but will be debating who, if anyone to field in the mayoral election on October 21.

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