Lutfur Rahman wins second term as Mayor of Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 02:11 24 May 2014 | UPDATED: 02:32 24 May 2014
Lutfur Rahman has been re-elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets after a close and fractious election campaign.
The incumbent received 52 per cent of the vote with 37,395 votes, and will serve as Mayor for the next four years.
Final results were announced at 1.30am after the vote went to second preferences, as neither candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes.
Police stopped people entering and leaving the Troxy theatre, where the votes were counted, earlier in the evening due to chaotic scenes outside, with supporters of the Mayor crowding the entrance.
Labour rival John Biggs received 34,143 votes, 6,500 from postal voters.
Lutfur Rahman was first elected in 2010 with 51 per cent of the vote, (23,283 votes) as an independent after Labour dropped him as a candidate, in a turnout of 25 per cent.