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London gets first councillor of Bangladeshi origin

  • Published at 09:24 am March 28th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:22 pm March 28th, 2017
London gets first councillor of Bangladeshi origin
Munsur Ali has become the first British Bangladeshi to be elected as a councillor to the City of London. The Labour candidate swept the March 23 polls in which his party won five seats, a media statement on Munsur’s website said. Munsur's ward is Portsoken where he and fellow Labour candidate Jason Pritchard both exceeded all expectations. "I feel honoured that the community I represent, both residents and businesses, have backed me through their votes. But I was pleasantly surprised with the actual votes," Munsur, also a film maker, said. The City of London, one of the world's oldest continuously running local government bodies, is a separate entity to the Greater London Authority led by Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan. Munsur was born in Bangladesh and moved to the UK at the age of two. He grew up in East London and went to a Church of England school. Munsur graduated with honours in "BA Film and TV Production" and shortly set up his film production company in 2003, since then he has worked alongside global US, UK and Bollywood names. He has also produced various documentaries and short films. He is the founder and CEO of Limelight Film Awards, an initiative to identify and celebrate emerging film talent. In 2012 Munsur was presented with a Civic Award for his contribution to Arts, via the Limelight Film Awards. Munsur was also honoured to officially open the media suite for Tower Hamlets College.