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Labour holds on in by-election at Tower Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 00:11 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:49 05 October 2010

Rachael Saunders... new Labour councillor at Tower Hamlets

Rachael Saunders... new Labour councillor at Tower Hamlets

LABOUR retained its seat at Thursday night’s Tower Hamlets council by-election in East London when Rachael Saunders

won the Mile End East ward, almost doubling the Tory vote, with George Galloway’s Respect party candidate pushed into third place

LABOUR retained its seat at Thursday night’s Tower Hamlets council by-election in East London.

Their candidate Rachael Saunders won the Mile End East ward with 1,208 votes, almost doubling Tory Motiur Rahman’s 630 votes which brought him in second.

She had an easy majority of 678.

George Galloway’s Respect party candidate Hafiz Choudhury was pushed into third place with 604, while Liberal Democrat Jainal Choudhury trailed in fourth place with a disastrous 110.

The turn out was just over 31 per cent for the by-election caused by the resignation of Labour councillor Rupert Bawden.

Labour remains in control of the authority with 33 seats, Conservatives eight, Respect six, Liberal Democrat four.


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