New party also holds borough’s elected mayoral role
Keir Starmer’s unfolding – but under-reported – London local election disaster has continued with the new Aspire party taking control of Tower Hamlets council. Labour, who previously held forty of forty-five seats in the borough, lost more than half its seats falling to just nineteen.
Aspire already holds the mayoral role, which Lutfur Rahman won yesterday.
The results in detail were:
Labour and the media had claimed London was a success story for Starmer – but the reality is that it was almost as much of a catastrophe as the rest of the country, in a set of elections where the only place in which Labour outperformed the Greens and LibDems in terms of gains was in left-run Wales. In many places outside London, Labour lost ground even to the chaotic and disgraced Tories.
The headline of this article originally said Labour lost 22 of 40 seats, due to an earlier incoming report that said the party had won 18.
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