Local elections 2022 preview: Tower Hamlets

The 2022 Tower Hamlets London Borough Council elections are set to take place on 5 May. 

All 45 members of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council will be elected across 20 wards with around two or three seats up for election per borough ward. 

The elections will take place alongside local elections in the other London boroughs and elections to local authorities across the United Kingdom.

Tower Hamlets has generally been under Labour control and from 1990 to 2006, all councillors elected to the council were Labour or Liberal Democrats. 

The current make up of Tower Hamlets sees Labour occupy 40 seats, Aspire has two and the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and an Independent each hold one.

The most recent election took place in 2018 where Labour gained 20 seats and regained control of the council. 

There was a significant change because Tower Hamlets First, which held 18 seats at the time, was removed from the Electoral Commission register following court findings which revealed the party did not operate a responsible financial scheme.

Labour gained all the seats held by Tower Hamlets First baring one which went to the Conservatives.

The 2022 election will also coincide with the vote of the Tower Hamlets mayor – which is currently occupied held by Labour candidate John Biggs.

Biggs, who is seeking a third term in office, will be up against old foes of Luftur Rahman representing Aspire and Rabina Khan from the Liberal Democrats.

Biggs initially lost the 2014 mayor election to Lutfur Rahman of the now-defunct Tower Hamlets First, but Rahman was later removed from office after being found guilty of electoral fraud which triggered a by-election. 

He won the by-election defeating Rabina Khan, who he would also go on to defeat again in the 2018 election and he has held his seat ever since.

Biggs has pledged to create opportunities for enterprise, employment, and making the most of development taking place in the borough.

Rahman has promised to tackle immediate issues on the cost of living crisis, while Khan has stated that she wants to create opportunities for all and bring communities together.

Voting in-person at polling stations will take place from 7.00am to 10.00pm on election day, and voters will be able to apply for postal votes or proxy votes in advance of the election.

Please click here to find your nearest polling station.

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