Search

First Muslim Labour leader

PUBLISHED: 18:34 12 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:34 24 August 2010

Elected leader: Labour councillor Nasim Ali

Elected leader: Labour councillor Nasim Ali

by Will Davies The borough s first Bangladeshi mayor has set another record after becoming the first Muslim leader of the opposition. Camden Labour Party this week selected Nasim Ali, a 40 year old two-term councillor, to lead the party i

by Will Davies

The borough's first Bangladeshi mayor has set another record after becoming the first Muslim leader of the opposition.

Camden Labour Party this week selected Nasim Ali, a 40 year old two-term councillor, to lead the party in next year's local elections.

Cllr Ali, who as mayor of Camden in 2003 was the youngest in Britain, grew up on the Regent's Park Estate and helped pioneer the Camden United football project to bring young people from white and Asian communities together in the borough.

Commonly known as Nash, Cllr Ali said: "I want to restore Camden's ambition to promote fairness and social justice in the borough I grew up in and where I am now raising my young family.

"The Town Hall Lib Dems and Conservatives are short sighted and don't share this vision, I have seen how they work and that's why they need challenge.

"Camden is currently taking money away from Kilburn Town Centre on the sly.

"The council also stood by and allowed Boris Johnson to cut funding for major jobs and training schemes just at the time when people needed them."

He said his number one priority will be securing extra housing for Camden residents.

Community groups and youth clubs should be nurtured and vulnerable members of the community should not be forced to 'pay for the recession' through increased charges for council services such as meals on wheels.

Also elected this week as deputy leader of the group was Cllr Jonathan Simpson.

He said: "We want to see changes at the Town Hall, which is increasingly stagnant and bereft of ideas for our borough.

"All the coalition members seem to be interested in these days is tactical advantage for the next elections, not community gain."

Outgoing leader Cllr Anna Stewart, who is stepping down in 2010 said: "You don't get much more local than Nash, he's a Camden success story.

"His positive, community-based approach will challenge the complacent politics as usual at the Town Hall."

w.davies@archant.co.uk

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

A man is stable in hospital after being stabbed in Kensal Green.

10:37

Police believe two raids at temples in Willesden and Harrow are linked and want to speak to this man in connection with them.

Friday, November 16, 2018

An 80-year-old grandmother was called a “f***ing bitch” in a “foul outburst” by her alleged murderer months before she was strangled with a lawnmower cord in a Colindale allotment shed, the Old Bailey heard today.

Friday, November 16, 2018

A “predatory” private hire driver from Brent has been jailed for two years over a series of sexual assaults on lone women in his car.

Friday, November 16, 2018

A front page from the Kilburn Times dating back to the Second World War brought together a pair of long-lost cousins – who didn’t even know of each other’s existence.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The community living on a Stonebridge estate have expressed fears over their “once in a life time” opportunity to be balloted on redevelopment proposals where they live.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A gun, £20,000 in cash and Class A drugs were seized from a travellers’ site in Neasden during a police raid yesterday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Armed police raided a travellers’ site in Neasden in the early hours of the morning.

PROMOTED CONTENT

A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now