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Manju is next Mayor of Croydon

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A proud moment for  all Malayalees in the UK that Manju Shahul-Hameed will be the new Mayor of Croydon after her Labour Party winning the Croydon Council elections. With it the malayalees are making their presence felt in British politics.

Broad Green councillor Manju Shahul Hameed was nominated as the next Mayor of Croydon by the Labour party.

” Manju will be our choice for civic mayor,” said Tony Newman, the leader of the Labour group at the Town Hall. “I know she will make a wonderful ambassador for our town.

“Manju already has a well-earned reputation as one of Croydon’s true community councillors and she will bring that passion and commitment to the role of mayor, right across Croydon.”

Hameed said: “This is a real honour for both myself and my family. As a Broad Green councillor, I have always looked to give a voice to the community. As mayor, I will do so for all of Croydon.

“I am also committed to Labour’s plans to make Town Hall meetings more democratic and transparent, including the webcasting of council meetings and more opportunities for the public to question the politicians.”

With all local election results from all 24 wards been declared Labour has won a majority of 40 Councillors against Conservatives winning just 30. Thus Labour has now wrestled power from the Conservatives who won the elections last time. At the last elections, which were held in May 2010, there were 37 Conservative councillors and 33 Labour councillors, providing a Conservative majority of four seats.

However, now Labour won control of Croydon Council with (Lab 40, Con 30), a clear majority of 10.

Another Malayalee Chandrababu who was contesting from Selsdon has lost to Coservatives.

Out of the 70 individual seats counted Labour’s 40 counillors have been elected against 30 councillors for Conserative.