Both Conservatives and Labour in east London have announced their candidates to stand for next year’s London Assembly elections.

The seat for the City and East constituency, which covers the City, Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Barking and Dagenham, has been held by John Biggs since its creation in 2000.

Mr Biggs is giving up his London seat to concentrate on his role as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, with East Ham councillor Unmesh Desai nominated by Labour to run as their candidate.

The Tories have picked Blackwall and Cubitt Town councillor Chris Chapman. Cllr Chapman is deputy leader of the Conservative Group on Tower Hamlets Council and lives on the Isle of Dogs.

The London Assembly serves to scrutinise the work of the Mayor of London and other London wide public bodies. It works on a wide range of policy areas including housing, policing, fire and emergency planning, transport and strategic development.

Members raise issues of concern to Londoners, investigate proposals and consult on way to improve life in the capital.

The forthcoming GLA elections will take place on the May 5, 2016, the same day as the election for the Mayor of London.