Members of Tower Hamlets Labour Party along with affiliated organisations have over the last month been voting on whether or not to automatically re-select the incumbent Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, as Labour’s candidate for the 2018 mayoral election.
At the conclusion of the process, having received the support of the majority of both branches and affiliates, and more than 70 per cent of the votes cast, John Biggs is re-selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets.
Chris Weavers, Chair of Tower Hamlets Labour Party said:
“Over the last month hundreds of Labour Party members, affiliated trade unions and socialist societies, and our sister Co-operative Party have participated in this democratic process. They have come to a clear decision in support of John Biggs remaining candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 2018.
“Our focus will now be on ensuring John’s re-election in 2018 and on continuing to move our borough forward, standing up to the Conservative Government and delivering the excellent public services that local people need.”
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
"I am extremely proud to have been confirmed as the candidate by members in the trigger ballot. Over 600 members voted personally and I received the support of the majority of those members. I was supported also by affiliated organisations and trade unions.
"Can I thank everyone who participated in the process, including the energy and ideas expressed. There is an important job to do now to build towards the 2018 election and show the leadership our borough needs. Given our recent past in Tower Hamlets this is a particularly vital need."