Newham has the youngest overall population and one of the lowest White British populations in the country according to the 2011 Census.The borough has the second highest percentage of Muslims in Britain, after the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, at 32%.
The borough's motto, from its Coat of Arms, is "Progress with the People".
The Coat of Arms was derived from that of the County Borough of West Ham, while the motto is a translation of the County Borough of East Ham's Latin "Progressio cum Populo".
At the borough elections held in 2014, the Labour Party won all 60 of the seats on the Council.
Sir Robin Wales was re-elected as the borough's Executive Mayor with 61% of the first preference votes cast.
The largest non-White British ethnic groups are Indian (14%), African (12%), Bangladeshi (12%) and Pakistani (10%).