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Labour candidate Unmesh Desai wins London Assembly seat

PUBLISHED: 16:52 06 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:07 06 May 2016

Unmesh Desai, GLA candidate for City and East

Unmesh Desai, GLA candidate for City and East

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Labour’s Unmesh Desai has won the City and East seat on the Greater London Assembly.

The East Ham councillor received an overwhelming majority to win the constituency, which covers the boroughs of Newham, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London.

The seat has been a Labour stronghold since 2000, but former assembly member John Biggs decided not to seek reelection after becoming the mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Conservative candidate Chris Chapman came second, with Rachel Collinson narrowly edging out Peter Harris to enable the Greens to finish third.

The turnout was 42 per cent.

Full results:

Unmesh Desai (Labour) 122,175 (57.79pc)

Chris Chapman (Conservative) 32,546 (15.39pc)

Rachel Collinson (Green) 18,766 (8.88pc)

Peter Harris (Ukip) 18,071 (8.55pc)

Elaine Bagshaw (Liberal Democrats) 10,714 (5.07pc)

Rayne Mickail (Respect) 6,772 (3.2pc)

Amina Gichinga (Take Back The City) 1,368 (0.65pc)

Aaron D’Souza (All People’s Party) 1,009 (0.48pc)

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