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7 British-Bangladeshis elected London ward councillors

  • Published at 03:22 pm May 6th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:32 am May 7th, 2018
7 British-Bangladeshis elected London ward councillors
As many as seven British-Bangladeshis from Sylhet’s Bishwanath upazila have been elected councillors in the London boroughs of Camden, Croydon and Redbridge. They were among the huge number of Bangladesh-origin candidates ran in the local elections held on May 3. Among them, four were reelected while three were elected for the first time. Monwar Hossain of Hazarigaon village of the upazila was the first elected Bangali councilor and the first Asian councilor in the UK's Bradford Council in 1972. Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi was elected the first woman of the Newham Council in 1994, and Abdul Jabbar was elected the first Bangladeshi mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2004. Later, in 2009, Roshnara Ali was elected as the first Bangladeshi MP in the British Parliament. She went on to be elected MP three more times in succession. Of the councillors, three were elected in the Tower Hamlet Council, two in the Newham Council, and one each in Oldham and South Work councils. Sirajul Islam, son of Sheikh Sirajul Islam of Uttar Dhamrada village in Biswanath union's ward No 6, was elected as councilor from the Bethnal Green ward of Tower Hamlets Council for the fifth time. At present, he is the deputy mayor of the council. Ayesha Chowdhury Rakhi of Sardarpara village under ward No 7 of Deokalash union was elected as councilor for the fifth time in the Bacton ward of Newham Council. Abdul Malek of Karpara village in ward No 5 of Daulatpur union was elected councilor from Oldham Council for the third time. Mohammad Ayas Mia of Dharai village under ward No 8 in Dashghar union was elected the councilor for the second time for the Tower Hamlets Council of ST Dunstan's ward. At present, he is the deputy speaker of that council. Barrister Nazir Ahmad of Bahara Dubagh village in ward No 5 of Daulatpur Union was elected councilor for the first time, from Newham Council's Ilford ward. Shah Suhel Amin of Gaon village in ward No 4 Rampasha union was elected councilor from White Chamber of Worm at Tower Hamlets Council for the first time. Sirajul Islam of Rajkumur village in ward No 6 of Bishwanath union was elected councilor for the first time from South Work Council.