Just a quick update on Tower Hamlets’ Weavers ward by-election which will be held on May 3 and which comes following the resignation, for personal reasons, of Labour’s Anna Lynch.
The candidates so far are:
John Pierce – Labour
Azizur Rahman Khan – Liberal Democrat
Everyone expects this to be a straight fight between Labour and Respect, but the Lib Dems could be the dark horses. Until 2010, it was a strong Lib Dem ward in which Abdul Matin (or Motin Miah, as he was also known) exercised some powerful Bangladeshi village voting networks. The party’s candidate this time around is Khan, who was formerly a councillor in Bethnal Green North. If Matin, who is currently in Bangladesh, can get his former supporters out then Khan may stand a chance of slipping through the middle.
Interestingly, Lutfur’s camp were keen for the Lib Dems not to stand: they argued that everyone wants Labour to lose. They also know that if John Pierce fails to win, then Labour will lose their overall majority in the council chamber and that will affect the make-up of various committees.
The turnout was 62 per cent in 2010 and the results from that election are below:
|Name of Candidate||Description (if any)||Votes|
|AHMED, Akhtar Imran||The Conservative Party||667|
|AHMED, Gias Uddin||The Conservative Party||640|
|AHMED, Kabir||The Labour Party||2,082|
|BAKER, Philip||Liberal Democrat||1,383|
|GUTTMANN, Catherine Elizabeth||Green Party||628|
|HANCOCKS, Ben||Green Party||496|
|HASSAN, Abdi Omar||The Conservative Party||477|
|JACKSON, Daniel||Green Party||516|
|LYNCH, Anna Siobhan||The Labour Party||1,895|
|MIAH, Sajjad||Liberal Democrat||1,179|
|MUKIT, Abdul Chunu||The Labour Party||1,532|
|O`FLAHERTY, Tim||Liberal Democrat||1,099|