New Redbridge mayor appointed

Redbridge’s new mayor Jyotsna Islam has said she is “humbled and privileged” to be the latest appointed to the role.

The new mayor, who will represent the borough and chair full council meetings for the next year, was elected at a full council meeting last week (May 18).

Cllr Islam told the council chamber: “Being nominated to be the Redbridge’s mayor is a tremendous honour and huge responsibility.

“I’m very humbled and privileged and I will endeavour to be fair, to be supportive of the most deprived and marginalised residents of our borough, an authority at the council meetings and also to be a fun, approachable and sociable mayor.”

During her year as mayor, Islam will fundraise for the London Air Ambulance and ELHAP, a charity that provides adventure play opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged children.

Cllr Islam said she chose London Air Ambulance as a charity to fundraise for as “unfortunately” 90 per cent of its income comes from donations by private and voluntary organisations.

The 57-year-old Mayor, who is married to fellow Redbridge councillor Sham Islam, told the chamber that she has lived in Redbridge for “over 30 years”, raising her family and working full-time as a social worker in adult social care.

She was first elected as a councillor in 2018 and has served as chair of both the health scrutiny committee and planning committee.

The former mayor, Thavathuray Jeyaranjan, raised £97,000 for his chosen charities during the past year.

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Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter