2015: a mayoral election was called after the previous mayor was removed from office. Labour's John Biggs became the directly elected mayor.
In the 2014 elections 45 seats and one mayoralty were contested.
Labour: 20 seats
Tower Hamlets First: 18 seats
Conservative: 4 seats
(One ward - Blackwall & Cubitt Town - did not take part in 22 May election due to the death of a candidate)
Result: Independent (Tower Hamlets First) hold - Lutfar Rahman re-elected as mayor.