Labour’s Charlene McLean wins Stratford and New Town by-election

PUBLISHED: 04:34 08 May 2015 | UPDATED: 04:51 08 May 2015

Cllr Charlene McLean, inset, had to contest a by-election in order to regain her seat

Cllr Charlene McLean, inset, had to contest a by-election in order to regain her seat


Charlene McLean has been re-elected to Newham Council following a controversial by-election for the Stratford and New Town ward.

The by-election was called when the Labour councillor failed to attend meetings for six months between June and December last year.

Newham Council said they were obliged to expel the councillor under law but admitted Ms McLean, who believed she was entitled to time off, was provided with incorrect information regarding maternity leave.

Her daughter was born prematurely in August but she had stopped attending meetings two months previously due to complications with the pregnancy.

Ms McLean beat off competition from five other candidates to return to the seat she was elected to last May.

Matthew Gass, of the Conservatives, Isabelle Anderson of the Green Party, TUSC’s Bob Severn and Joe Mettle of the Christian Peoples Alliance all tried to become the only non-Labour councillor in the borough.

Ukip’s Jamie Ross McKenzie also ran in the by-election despite also being a candidate in the West Ham constituency for the general election.

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