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Sir Robin Wales deselected as Labour's mayoral candidate

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Newham LBC mayor Robin Wales has been beaten in the race to stand as Labour’s candidate in May’s election.

Rokhsana Fiaz was today selected in a ballot by Labour members, which effectively ends Sir Robin’s 23-year leadership in Newham.

He first became leader in 1995 and became the borough’s first elected mayor in 2002.

Sir Robin had been re-selected automatically, but a vote of members was triggered when ward parties and affiliate organisations voted for an open contest. 

Cllr Fiaz received 861 votes to Sir Robin’s 503.

Reacting to the result Sir Robin said in a statement: “If the plans that I put in place are continued the council will remain financially stable and ensure the burden of Tory cuts are not put onto the people of Newham.

“Over the last few months our local party has fallen into internal sniping and disputes often based on untruths. Moving forward we must now focus on uniting the party and delivering for the people of Newham.”

“Rokshana has made some ambitious promises that clearly Labour members supported and I look forward to seeing Rokshana face the bigger test of putting these ambitious targets to the residents of Newham.”

Sir Robin added it had been a “privilege” to have been mayor and added: “I am so proud of everything that my administration has achieved.”

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