Labour’s Philip Glanville has been elected the new mayor of Hackney with 69 per cent of the vote.
The turnout was 18.6 per cent, with around 33,000 people in the borough casting their votes, down from nearly 70,000 two years ago when Jules Pipe was re-elected.
The Green Party’s Samir Jeraj came second with 13 per cent of the vote, Amy Gray finished third for the Conservatives with 11 per cent, Liberal Democrat Dave Raval was next with 6 per cent, and One Love’s Dawa Ma was in last place with 2 per cent.
Philip Glanville has been elected Mayor of Hackney with 69% of the votes pic.twitter.com/fye5KqoiT5
— Hackney Council (@hackneycouncil) September 16, 2016
Glanville is Hackney’s second directly elected mayor, although he has filled the role since July following Pipe’s announcement that he was standing down to become Sadiq Khan’s planning chief.
Former housing boss Glanville, who has been a councillor for 10 years, has promised to address the lack of affordable homes, which he describes as the biggest challenge facing the borough.
He has pledged to work with the Mayor of London to build 500 ‘London Living Rent’ properties, where no-one will pay more than a third of their income in rent.
Labour MPs David Lammy and Stella Creasy were quick to offer their congratulations.
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) September 16, 2016
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) September 16, 2016
Hackney Green Party tweeted its thanks to voters after Jeraj finished as runner-up, before congratulating Glanville on his victory.
— Hackney Green Party (@hackneygreens) September 16, 2016
Even Mayor of London Sadiq Khan found time during his trip to North America to congratulate Hackney’s new mayor.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) September 16, 2016
More to follow./ 16 September, 2016