Lutfur Rahman’s attempt to return to Tower Hamlets politics by the backdoor use of the Aspire party has met with total failure as his proxy candidate Ohid Ahmed has lost the mayoral race.
A few minutes ago it was announced that only the current Mayor John Biggs and PATH’s Rabina Khan were still in the race to be the next mayor and second preference votes are now being counted at the ExCel centre.
John Biggs, Labour and Rabina Khan, People Alliance of Tower Hamlets secured the most first preference votes.— Tower Hamlets (@TowerHamletsNow) May 4, 2018
The 2nd preferences of the other eliminated candidates will be counted and added to the first preference votes of John Biggs and Rabina Khan to determine the Mayor.
In addition to the ultimate winner of the mayoral competition the borough now waits to see how well Lutfur Rahman’s, sorry Ohid Ahmed’s Aspire candidates do.
Even if Aspire does manage to win some ward seats it is clear that the voters of Tower Hamlets have turned their back on Rahman.
Now we wait to see who the new mayor will be, Biggs or Khan?
You can keep up to date with the Tower Hamlets election results during the day on our Elections 2018 page.