Independent wins council by-election
Independent candidate Gulam Robbani has taken a seat on Tower Hamlets Council after a tight by-election result.
Robbani had been endorsed by executive mayor Lutfur Rahman and pushed out the Labour candidate Ala Uddin, who was hoping to reclaim the seat for the party after a defection.
Robbani quit his job as a mayoral adviser in February to fight the seat, made vacant by the jailing of Cllr Shelina Aktar who won it for Labour in 2010 before defecting to become an independent.
It is likely Robbani will take up a place in the mayor's cabinet. He won by 43 votes on a 31 per cent turnout.
Gulam Robbani (independent): 1,030 [elected]
Ala Uddin (Labour): 987
Matthew Smith (Conservative): 140
Kirsty Blake (Green): 99
Richard Macmillan (Liberal Democrat): 39