Election: Sir Robin Wales wins Newham mayoral vote
Labour's Sir Robin Wales has been elected mayor of Newham for the fourth time.
It was a comfortable victory for Sir Robin who has held the post since 2002. He won with 61.18% of the first votes from the 47,095 electors who turned out on Thursday.
Speaking at midday on Friday at the count in the Olympic Velodrome, he said: "We fought this election on a positive vision of the future and our record of success including helping 20,000 residents into work, providing free school meals for every primary child and freezing Council Tax for six years in a row.
"I want to thank the people of Newham for putting their trust in me to be their Mayor for the next four years."
Robin, Mayor of Newham, thanking Newham residents for four more years :) pic.twitter.com/FjYJHsSI9x— Ellie Robinson (@EllieCRobinson) May 23, 2014
Runner-up in the vote was Conservative's Stefan Mrozinski who polled 18% of the vote, ahead of David Mears of Ukip with 6%.
Jane Alison Lithgow of the Green Party got 4%.
The turnout was 40.62%