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Exclusive: 205 Muslim councillors elected and history is made in devolved parliaments

14th May 2021
Exclusive: 205 Muslim councillors elected and history is made in devolved parliaments

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205 (53 female, 152 male) of 594 Muslim candidates were elected across 275 councils. 31 Muslim candidates contested seats in two affiliate councils  eight of whom were elected. In total 138 Labour, 50 Tories,  nine Liberal Democrats, three Green, three Independent and 2 other party Muslim candidates were elected on May 6.

 

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Devolved parliament history makers

 

History was made in Scotland and Wales as both nations elected their first woman of colour and Muslim woman to serve as members of the Scottish (Holyrood) and Welsh parliaments (Senedd Cymru).

Kaukab Stewart won her race for the SNP in the Glasgow Kelvin safe seat while Welsh Tory Natasha Asghar became one of four MSs elected to represent the South Wales East.

Asghar is the daughter of Mohammad Asghar, who was a regional MS for South Wales East until his death last June.

 

London Mayrol & Assembly Elections

Sadiq Khan was re-elected Mayor of London as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition.

Labour Party which has suffered of disappointing results in the local elections. Khan, who became the first Muslim to head a major Western capital after his victory in 2016, saw off his main Tory challenger, Shaun Bailey. Although his winning margin (55.2% to 44.8%) was smaller than his victory five years ago.

Lib-democrats Hina Bokhari and Labour’s Marina Ahmad and Sakina Sheikh share the feat of becoming London Assembly first Muslim women members.

 

 

ELECTION ROUND-UP

 

MAYORAL ELECTIONS

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 2

ELECTED

Seat: London, Sadiq Khan, (Labour), share of votes 55%

 

LONDON ASSEMBLY (25 SEATS)

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 16

ELECTED

London-wide list, Hina Bokhari, (Liberal Democrats), share of votes: 7.3%

Lambeth and Southwark, Marina Ahmad, (Labour), share of votes: 49%

London-wide list, Sakina Sheikh, (Labour), share of votes: 38%

 

WELSH PARLIAMENT (60 SEATS)

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 16

ELECTED

South Wales East,  Natasha Asghar, (Conservative)

 

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT (129 SEATS)

MUSLIM CANDIDATES 20

ELECTED

Glasgow Southside,  Anas Sarwar, (Labour), share of votes: 31.3%

Lothian, Foysol Choudhury,(Labour)

Glasgow Pollok, Humza Yousaf, (SNP), share of votes 53.7%

Glasgow Kelvin, Kaukab Stewart,, (SNP), share of votes 40.3%

 

If you know of a Muslim councillor omitted from our list please contact: elham@muslimnews.co.uk

Compiled by Elham A Buaras © The Muslim News 2021

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