Harman helps drum up support for Labour's Ullah
LABOUR's deputy Leader Harriet Harman braved the mean streets of Millwall in London's East End without a 'stab' vest on Monday, trying to rally support for forthcoming City Hall elections and a local by-election
By Ted Jeory and Julia Gregory
LABOUR'S deputy Leader Harriet Harman braved the mean streets of Millwall in London's East End without a 'stab' vest on Monday, trying to rally support for forthcoming City Hall elections and a local by-election.
The gaffe-prone Government Cabinet minister spiced things up at the Clifton curry restaurant on the Isle of Dogs, where voters go to the polls on May 1 for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, as well as a Tower Hamlets council by-election.
The resignation of former Tower Hamlets Tory Opposition leader Simon Rouse last month has thrown the Millwall seat up for grabs.
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The Conservatives are favourites to win at Millwall, fielding economist David Snowdon, a former Cambridge University Conservative Association chairman, now currently campaigning to save the Barkantine post office on the Isle of Dogs.
The five other parties battling for Millwall include the right-wing BNP, which notoriously held a seat in the ward after Derek Beackon's by-election victory in 1993. They are fielding English teacher Jeffrey Marshall, from Whitechapel, this time round.
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Harriet Harman's visit on Monday was aimed at drumming up support for Labour's Doros Ullah, former Tower Hamlets mayor who lost his Whitechapel seat on the local authority in 2006.
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Restaurant manager and part-time journalist Mohammed Uddin, from Bethnal Green, is the Liberal Democrats' man.