A London Borough Has Elected its First British Pakistani Woman as Mayor
Rokhsana Fayaz, who has been a councilor for Custom House in East London since 2014, has made history by becoming the first directly elected mayor in a London borough. As many as 35.84 percent of Newham turned out to vote and Rokhsana won with 53,214 votes – 73.4 percent. Rokhsana Fayaz will replace Sir Robin Wales, who was deselected after 16 years in the post. Most of the residents of this borough trace their roots back to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and African countries.
“Wow! It’s mind-blowing. I reflect the hopes and aspirations of other ethnic minorities. I worked twice as hard as my counterparts to prove that I have talent and ability to occupy this role. The fact that I am the first directly elected ethnic minority mayor is significant. It’s also significant that I am the first directly elected woman of color in the whole of country. It shows to young people that if you work hard and play smart, play by the rules then you can be to the top.”