Islam elected Young Mayor of Lewisham

24th Dec 2014

Elham Asaad Buaras

A 14-year old schoolboy has become Lewisham’s first Muslim Young Mayor.
Liam Islam of Deptford Green School signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office on November 27. Islam became the eleventh Young Mayor after taking 1,210 votes on October 15.

Almost 9000 youths (aged 11-17), who live or study in Lewisham voted, representing a turnout of 49.3 per cent and polling stations were erected at schools and colleges.

Islam topped four other candidates for the one year post and he will have a budget of £30,000 to spend on priorities identified by young people. Islam will also advice the current Mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, on issues relating to young people and will work with the young advisers and Young Citizens’ Panel to inform the work of the Mayor, Council and other decision-making bodies.


Councillor Alan Smith, Liam Islam, Steve Bullock and Oneisha Palmer

In recent meeting with Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, Islam raised his concerns over the Government plans to close Lewisham hospital, which houses Lewisham’s only Maternity and Accident & Emergency Department.

Islam, who represented Lewisham as a member of the UK Youth Parliament, talked about his chance to step up and work hard for the young community and to make a real difference.

Islam said: “I have worked hard to represent the views of young people during my time as a Member of the UK Youth Parliament and I know there are many challenges we face. But I also believe that with support and determination, we can succeed.

“I will continue to stand by and represent the views of Lewisham’s young people.”

Bullock, who founded the scheme, said: “Taking part in an election process is one of the most important things any of us do. For all candidates, this is the beginning of a process of getting engaged and involved in politics.”

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