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Tower Hamlets elects new Young Mayor

Tahmid Hussen

Tahmid Hussen, the new young mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Thousands of young voters in Tower Hamlets have elected a new Young Mayor for the borough following a week-long election which ran from 11 to 17 October.

Sixteen-year-old Tahmid Hussen, who went to Bow School and now attends St Paul’s Way Sixth Form, has been elected as the new young Mayor securing 1,558 (26 per cent) of the total votes cast.

Voting was done digitally as part of a new process which saw every education setting in Tower Hamlets - maintained, faith and free - including secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges, handle the election by giving each voter a unique code. Voters then went online to enter this code, read election manifestos and cast their ballot.

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Will Tuckley, chief executive of Tower Hamlets Council and returning officer (above right) officially declared the result at the Town Hall on Thursday 21 October.

Will Tuckley, Chief Executive, Tower Hamlets Council said:

"The young mayor and team are a vital voice for young people amongst key decision-makers and I'm really looking forward to working with this new team." 

The young mayor and five deputy mayors will serve for two years and their role will be to voice the views of young people in the borough. To do this they will be working with other local young people and services to understand their issues and raise concerns by:

  • representing young people locally and nationally,
  • getting involved in the Tower Hamlets Youth Council and other local youth forums,
  • attending events and organising special projects; and,
  • influencing and steering strategic decisions that affect young people in the borough.

In his manifesto, Tahmid said he would help young people in Tower Hamlets to become “the best versions of themselves.” He pledged to address three main issues during his tenure: relationships and recipes to success; career paths; and, social media and mental health.

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Outgoing Young Mayor, Jaami Barry (above left), officially handed over the chain of office to his successor and encouraged the new administration to make the most of their time in office.

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Tahmid Hussen, Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets (pictured above with the new deputy young mayors), said:

“I would like to thank all the amazing candidates who stood in the election for Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Together, we will make Tower Hamlets the best borough in London. We have big things to do and this promises to be one of the best times of our lives.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“The Young Mayor’s team is a strong voice at the town hall and in the community, working on behalf of young people and influencing the way youth services, careers advice and other services work.

“We are really proud of everyone who has put themselves forward to stand for election, and I’m delighted to be working with the new Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayors on the issues that affect young people in Tower Hamlets.”

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For any media enquiries, please contact communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 4389.

Notes to Editors: 

Watch Tahmid’s forty second election manifesto video here: https://youtu.be/CGftXIRhGKo.

17,733 young people aged 11 to 17-years-old (Years 7 to 13) who live, study or work in Tower Hamlets were eligible to vote.

There were fourteen candidates in total, with Hafizur Rahman, Mohsen Ali, Ablah Chazhiyattiri Peedikayil, Intisar Al-Alam, and Rhianna Fowell elected the new Deputy Young Mayors.

The turnout across Tower Hamlets was 34 per cent but 89 per cent at St Paul’s Way Trust, where Tahmid is studying physics, maths and Spanish.

Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/youngmayor for more information.

Posted on Monday 25th October 2021