Rahman garnered 23,283 votes, as opposed to the 11,254 ballots picked up by Abbas. Another 1,700 votes were discounted as invalid; 10,448 others went to three other candidates, including 5, 348 votes that went to the Conservative Party, which vowed to become “the largest opposition party”.
Replaced by Abbas as the Labor Party’s candidate due to allegations of extremism, Rahman activists”heckled women on their way to the polls for their “immodest dress,”no doubt scaring many away from voting“, charged British blogger David Thomas in a column written for Cherwell.
“I won the vote of the membership,” insisted Rahman, who claimed he was the victim of a racist effort by the Labor party, despite a number of anti-Semitic remarks made by his own associates. “The imposition of Councilor Abbas in my place is an insult to the democratic process,” he told The Telegraph in an interview prior to the election.
“This is a sad night for those of us who want to build a better future and a united Tower Hamlets,” Abbas commented after the results were announced. Still, “as the party with the largest number of councilors (lawmakers) at Tower Hamlets Town Hall“, Abbas vowed to “hold the new Mayor to account and to stand up for all the communities of Tower Hamlets, not just one.”
A very predictable result: the Labour party did nothing to stop what was evidently happening there, until it was too late. So in the end, it really didn’t make any difference. Now, the IFE, which wants to implement Sharia Law, the Caliphate and so on, will have access to even more funds from the borough.