Labour has won four mayoral contests in London with two new faces replacing long-serving politicians.
The party has triumphed in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Newham LBCs where in the latter two Sir Steve Bullock and Sir Robin Wales have both been replaced, albeit in different circumstances.
LGC previously reported how Sir Robin had been deselected by the local Labour party, ending his 23-year leadership stint in Newham. Rokhsana Fiaz won with 73% of the vote on a turnout of 35%. She told LGC before the election she was considering scrapping the mayoral model in the borough.
In Lewisham, Sir Steve had decided to stand down from the role before the election. Labour’s candidate Damien Egan was elected with 54% of the vote on turnout of 37%.
In Hackney, Philip Glanville was returned as mayor with 64.5% of the vote on a 36.9% turnout.
In Tower Hamlets, John Biggs was elected after securing 48% of first preference votes and winning two-thirds of second preference votes to beat the People’s Alliance of Tower Hamlets. This offshoot of the political grouping formerly led by the borough’s disgraced former mayor Lutfur Rahman finished second after winning 17% of first-round votes.
Meanwhile, just outside London the Liberal Democrats held Watford’s mayoralty. Peter Taylor won on second preference votes, succeeding fellow Lib Dem Dorothy Thornhill.