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Labour's Rushanara Ali wins Bethnal Green and Bow

PUBLISHED: 14:04 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:59 05 October 2010

RUSHANARA Ali has regained the Labour seat from Respect to become MP for Bethnal Green and Bow. It is the second triumph for Labour in Tower Hamlets after Jim Fitzpatrick won the seat for Poplar and Limehouse earlier today. Ms Ali has taken the constitu

RUSHANARA Ali has regained the Labour seat from Respect to become MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

It is the second triumph for Labour in Tower Hamlets after Jim Fitzpatrick won the seat for Poplar and Limehouse earlier today.

Ms Ali has taken the constituency with 21,784 votes to become the first Bangladeshi MP in Westminster.

The Oxford graduate has regained the Labour seat that was lost to George Galloway in the 2005 election.

Lib Deb's Ajmal Masroor came in second with 10,210 votes and Respect's Abjol Miah only managed to get third place with 8,532 votes.

Mr Miah was hoping to keep hold of the Respect seat left empty after Mr Galloway decided to swap constituencies and fight for Poplar and Limehouse.

But today has proved to be disastrous for Respect, after losing their Bethnal Green and Bow seat and failing to gain Poplar and Limehouse despite pitching their star player.

Tory Zak Khan managed to grab 7,071 votes.

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