Nash Ali chosen to be next Mayor of Camden

New faces selected for the cabinet too

Tuesday, 17th May — By Richard Osley


Nash Ali is a former council leader who did a first stint as mayor in 2003

FORMER leader of the council Nash Ali will be the next Mayor of Camden following Labour’s success at the Town Hall elections.

It is normally tradition for the deputy mayor to take over as the borough’s first citizen but Lorna Jane Russell defected to the Greens last autumn and then narrowly missed out onto being re-elected in the Highgate ward.

Without the normal lead-in time, the Labour group was happy to have somebody who had already performed the role before return to the mayor’s parlour, as the New Journal’s Peeps column revealed last month.

Cllr Ali, who was honoured with an OBE in 2010, was the youngest mayor in the country when he accepted the chain in 2003 aged 34. He was then leader of the group for Labour’s comeback to power after four years out of office in 2010.

His run in charge came to an end two years later when Sarah Hayward staged a leadership coup, but he has remained a backbench stalwart.

Nash Ali, right, is elected for the first time in Regent’s Park with his running mates Heather Johnson and Theo Blackwell

Below, elected in the same ward again last week with Cllr Johnson and Nadia Shah 

Also at Labour’s AGM on Monday, West Hampstead councillor Nazma Rahman won a vote against Richard Cotton to be Cllr Ali’s deputy. It means she is now due to take on the main role in 2023.

There were also promotions for Sabrina Francis and Marcus Boyland who have filled vacancies on the cabinet, while new faces Lloyd Hatton and Lotis Bautista have dived straight into the deep end by securing roles as whips.

Samata Khatoon will run the housing scrutiny committee, Jenny Mulholland takes on the children’s and schools scrutiny committee, while Sagal Abdi-Wali will chair audit. Jonathan Simpson is licensing chairman.

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