Archive for April 20th, 2012

Congratulations to the new councillor for Spitalfields and Banglatown, G(h)ulam Robbani (if you’re new to this blog and wondering about the spelling, see here). Here he is looking all happy-clappy next to the Mayor earlier this year:

Yes, it was a close-run thing by 43 votes, but at the end of the day this was a by-election in what should be Labour’s heartland and the loss is another blow. That they failed to muster a higher turnout for what was a crucial test for them speaks volumes. Lutfur will be smiling, I’m sure. But will his friend be, Ken Livingstone? (By the way, there at least two journalists also smiling: Robbani has an interesting past… .)

Here are the details of the results from the Tower Hamlets council website

Kirsty BLAKE  (Green Party) –  99 votes

Richard Alan MACMILLAN  (Liberal Democrats) – 39 votes   

Gulam ROBBANI (Independent) – 1030 votes

Matthew James SMITH (Conservative Party) – 140 votes

Ala UDDIN (The Labour Party) –  987 votes

Turnout 31.43 per cent.

So, 2295 votes cast: I need to find to find out how much this cost, so we can quote a figure of £ per vote. It will be the final legacy of Shelina Ak(h)tar’s benefit fraud.

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