Elham Asaad Buaras
An estimated 277 Muslim councillors (out of 4,559 newly elected councillors) were elected in England on May 22, according to statistics exclusively compiled by The Muslim News.
The result means Muslims constitute 6.5% of newly elected councilor. The proportion is an improvement on last year’s local elections when 1% of elected councillors were Muslim but it is significantly lower than 2012 when the figure stood at 20%, exclusively compiled by The Muslim News.
Only a quarter of newly elected Muslim councillors are women, however they had a higher success rate, 69 of 182 Muslim women candidates were elected (38%) compared to the 208 Muslim councillors elected out of 705 candidates (30%).
The percentage of Muslim women councillors elected this year is also an improvement of their performance in the 2013 elections when they represented only 1% of all newly elected Muslim councillors.
Like previous local elections Muslim Labour councillors dominate the political landscape of Muslim politicians.
A whopping 227 Muslim Labour councillors were elected this year constituting 82% of all Muslim councillors and 10.7% of all Labour councillors. The number of Muslim Labour councillors is also higher.
19 Muslim Tories councillors were elected (1.4% of all Tory councillors), that is
6.8% of all Muslim councillors elected 24% down from 2013.
7 out of 122 (5.7%) Muslim Liberal Democrat candidates were elected (1.6% of all Liberal Democrats councillors).
18 Muslim councillors representing the newly-formed Tower Hamlets First party were elected, that number was likely to have been 19 if Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward was not postponed.