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Hackney elects new mayor

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Labour’s Philip Glanville has been elected mayor of Hackney LBC after winning 69% of vote in yesterday’s election.

He succeeds Jules Pipe (Lab) who resigned from the post in July to become London’s deputy mayor of housing and regeneration.

Although Mr Glanville won an overwhelming majority, turnout was only 18.6%.

Mr Glanville was cabinet member for housing for two years before he was appointed deputy mayor earlier this year.

Mr Glanville said he wanted to make Hackney a place where every resident had the “chance to succeed”.

He said: “It’s going to be a huge challenge, especially in the current climate, as government cuts continue to hammer local government hard, but I’m confident that, with the support of my cabinet and our team of officers, that we can continue to make a real difference: standing up for Hackney and making sure that it truly is a place for everyone.”

As mayor Mr Glanville has committed to double the number of council homes built from 2018, and for Hackney to become the first borough in London to build 500 ‘living rent’ homes where no-one pays more than a third of their income in rent.

Employment, skills and education are also a key priority for the new mayor.

Full election results:

Philip Glanville (Labour) 22,595 – 69%

Amy Gray (Conservative) 3,533 – 11%

Samir Jeraj (Green) 4,338 – 13%

Dawa Ma (One Love Party) 494 – 2%

Dave Raval (Liberal Democrats 1,818 – 6%

Total turnout: 18.6%

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