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Sabina welcomes Stepney Green win

Newly elected councillor for Stepney Green, Sabina Akhtar, made a heartfelt speech  as she was duly elected t53o serve the ward on June 11. Ms Akhtar, representing the Labour Party, received 1,643 votes, closely followed by  the Independent candidate Abu Talha Chowdhury with 1,472 votes. She said: “I am overwhelmed and so happy. I would never have made it without my  campaign team who have done a great job. I believe I can work hard to tackle the

issues in the ward and am grateful for being given the chance to prove myself. “I am looking forward to the challenges and working with residents to improve the

The turnout was over 47 per cent and the electorate was 8,316. The by election was held due to the election court judgement in April which saw the  former mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman disbarred from his role alongside  former councillor Alibor Choudhury who represented Stepney Green ward.b Sabina Akhtar, Labour Party, 1,643 Safiul Azam, The Conservative Party Candidate, 158 Kirsty Chestnutt, Green Party, 272 Abu Talha Chowdhury, Independent, 1, 472 Will Dyer, Liberal Democrats, 114 Jessie Macneil-Brown, Something New, 40 Paul Shea, UK Independence Party (UKIP), 203