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Labour strengthen hold on the East End

PUBLISHED: 14:12 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

LABOUR has increased its control on Tower Hamlets council in East London after yesterday s by-election. They snatched one of the three traditional Lib Dem Weavers ward seats in Bethnal Green to increase their hold at the Town Hall to a majority of four

By Ted Jeory

LABOUR has increased its control on Tower Hamlets council in East London after yesterday's by-election.

They snatched one of the three traditional Lib Dem Weavers ward seats in Bethnal Green to increase their hold at the Town Hall to a majority of four in the results just announced.

But Labour failed to retake Millwall on the Isle of Dogs in a second by-election won by the Conservatives.

The Labour margin at Weavers was almost 500 votes over Lib Dems.

Labour's Fazul Haque polled 1,421 votes to Lib Dem John Griffith's 930.

"It's the first time we've made a significant impact into Weavers ward," said a jubilant Fazul.

"This was always a strongly Liberal ward. I look forward to making real improvements for the community here."

The turn-out was 47.7 per cent, with 101 spoilt papers.

The Weavers result for this traditionally Liberal Democrat ward a bitter blow for them and their candidate John Griffiths, a highly respected former Tower Hamlets councillor who lost his seat in 2006.

The result:

AHMED, Gias Uddin (Con) 435

GRIFFITHS, John (Lib Dem) 930

HAQUE, Fazlul (Lab) 1,421

PICK, Russell (BNP) 154

BEGUM, Dilwara (Respect-Galloway) 637

MURSHID, Niru 77

DIXON Sara (independent) 143

The seats at the Town Hall are now Lab 28, Tories eight, Respect (Galloway) seven, Lib Dems five, Respect Independent four.

But Labour's mood was modified by their failure to take back Millwall from Conservatives.

The challenge by a ex-mayor Doros Ullah was unable to take back the seat after four years in Tory hands.

Conservatives swept back with 2,133 votes for David Snowdon, a clear win over off ex-mayor Doros Ullah

A victorious Conservative David Snowdon told the Advertiser: "I think the result is a great step forward for the results that we're all hoping for this afternoon."

Labour's former Mayor of Tower Hamlets Doros Ullah took the result well.

"It's been a great fight and I think we've closed the gap," he said.

"Of course, this is not the end. Hopefully we'll win the seat again. It's a fantastic result for Labour."

His party used to hold all three Millwall seats until 2004, when Simon Rouse made the breakthrough for the Tories in a By-election, before the ward went 'completely blue' at the Town Hall elections in 2006.

MAHBOB, Reza (Respect-Galloway) 170

MARSHALL, Jeffrey (BNP) 219

SNOWDON David Andrew (Con) 2,133

TOWNESEND, Rebecca (Left List) 83

UDDIN, Mohammed (Lib Dem) 370

ULLAH, Doros (Labour) 1,421

The turnout was 38.5 per cent, with 69 spoilt papers.


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