Labour’s John Biggs has been elected as the executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets with a majority of more than 6,000.
Mr Biggs stood for the post last year but lost to controversial local politician Lutfur Rahman. However Rahman was stripped of office in April after a court found him guilty of electoral fraud and ordered that the election be re-held.
As well as nullifying Rahman’s victory, Judge Richard Mawrey barred him from standing in yesterday’s by-election.
Mr Biggs won 32,754 votes in yesterday’s by election to beat Rabina Khan, a former member of Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First party.
Speaking after his victory, Mr Bigs said: “What is important in Tower Hamlets is that we recognise the events of the past year or more have caused enormous tension and friction in our great borough and we need to pull things back together again.”
Biggs is likely to leave the London Assembly at next year’s City Hall election.