Tower Hamlets re-elects John Biggs as Mayor

Mayor John Biggs speaking

John Biggs has been re-elected as the Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets. 

Mr Biggs received 37,619 first preference votes and 7,246 second preference votes compared to the runner up Rabina Khan  who received 13,113 first and 3,765  second preference votes.

The turnout for the mayoral election was 41.96 per cent, up from 37.73 per cent at the mayoral by-election in 2015.

The count for the mayoral election took place overnight at the ExCel Centre, London. The full results can be found on the election results page. Images from the election count and declaration can be viewed on our FlickR page.

There were 80,252 votes in the mayoral elections - of those, 19,083 were postal votes. Later today (Friday), the votes for the ward councillors election will be counted with the declarations throughout the evening.

This election saw the council continue to put in place some of the strongest processes in the country to prevent fraud. They included:

  • the only London borough to introduce a postal vote pilot to prevent fraud, supported by the Electoral Commission and Cabinet Office. 
  • a police officer at every one of the 75 polling places and 109 polling stations
  • exclusion zones around each polling place
  • physical checks on households where five or more people were registered to vote. (1128 homes visited)
  • a new online reporting tool for the public to raise any concerns
  • an individual electoral registration where residents were required to provide identity when applying to join the electoral register.

Mayor Biggs said:

"I am delighted to have been re-elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

"We have achieved a great deal since I was elected in 2015 and I am humbled that the people of Tower Hamlets have put their faith in me again, recognising not just my administration’s success but the transformation many of you have helped to make possible.

"We are well on the way to delivering 1,000 council homes, we have got over 5,000 residents into work or training through our WorkPath scheme, made our streets safer by funding additional police officers and cleaned up our streets.

"It’s an exciting time as we move into a new chapter of the Council’s history. I look forward to working with the new Councillors, and will continue to operate a transparent and open administration that engages with scrutiny."


Will Tuckey, Returning Officer, added:

“The 2018 Mayoral Election is another example of how we have successfully transformed the election process in Tower Hamlets since 2014. We are now leading the way when it comes to delivering fair and robust elections.

“A huge amount of thanks must go to all of the council officers and our partners at the police who have overseen both the mayoral and ward councillor polls and counts. This has included working throughout the night and the next day to ensure the integrity of our democratic process.”

Posted on Friday 4th May 2018