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Lib Dem's shock resignation set to spark East End ballot battle

PUBLISHED: 15:05 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

By Ted Jeory TOWER Hamlets councillor Louise Alexander has resigned for personal reasons, it was announced today. The Lib Dem member for the Weavers ward stood down this morning and a by-election is expected to be held on May 1, the date of the London

By Ted Jeory

TOWER Hamlets councillor Louise Alexander has resigned for personal reasons, it was announced today.

The Lib Dem member for the Weavers ward stood down this morning and a by-election is expected to be held on May 1, the date of the London Assembly polls.

Cllr Alexander, an accountant, was one of the council's most highly-respected and talented members, but during the past two years her appearances at the Town Hall became less frequent.

Her resignation is expected to spark a furious campaign for the Weavers ward which has traditionally been strong Lib Dem territory. However, the party's grass roots campaigning apparatus is currently in disarray and they could struggle to hold on.

It is thought that former Bethnal Green councillor John Griffiths will stand for the Lib Dems, while ex-council leader Michael Keith is understood to be considering putting his name forward for Labour.

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