Arshad Mahmood – new Mayor of Brent, 26 Asians elected in 60-member council

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BRENT: As a result of local elections held on 3rd May, Brent chosen Cllr Arshad Mahmood as its new and dynamic mayor. Furthermore, Cllr. Ahmed Shahzad, Cllr Aslam Choudhry and Tariq Dar returned safely.

New Mayor of Brent Arshad Mahmood

Commenting over his success, Mayor Arshad Mahmood said that it is a big honour for him and for his team to serve all communities living in the borough without any discrimination.
Cllr Arshad Mahmood was appointed mayor at Brent Council’s annual meeting. Speaking during the mayor making ceremony at Brent Civic Centre, he paid tribute to his predecessor, Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, and outlined his plans for his own tenure. He said: “It is a huge honour to be appointed Mayor of Brent and to serve this great borough.“I’m looking forward to working together with residents and community groups across Brent, as well as raising money for my chosen charities for the year.
“I would also like to thank my friend and colleague, the outgoing Cllr Chohan, for his significant contribution to the office of mayor.” Born in Pakistan, Cllr Mahmood came to the UK aged 14. Settling in Dollis Hill, he has lived there ever since and is now a councilor for the ward.
He has selected Sufra NW London, which addresses the impact of poverty in the region, and the READ project, which seeks to create school spaces for poor children, as his chosen charities.
Cllr Chohan raised more than £30,000 for his charities last year, the Asian Women’s Resource Centre and the Akshay Patra Foundation UK. Cllr Muhammed Butt – who intends to serve as council leader for at least the next four years – named his cabinet for the upcoming administration. Cllr Margaret Mc Lennan, who was chosen as deputy leader, will be responsible for resources, while Cllr Shama Tatler will take care of regeneration, highways and planning.
Cllr Krupa Sheth was given responsibility for the environment, Cllr Amer Agha will lead on schools, employment and skills, and Cllr Mili Patel was appointed to children’s safeguarding, early help and social care.
It is worth to mention here that in60-seatcouncil,54wonbyLabour, 3Conservative,3LabourandCo-operative Party. 26 total Asian councillors, 24 Labour, 1 Conservative, 1 Labour  and Co-operative Party.

(From left) Aslam Choudhry, Ahmed Shahzad, Khalid Dar and Arshad Mahmood – all win and returned to Brent Council as councillors.