25 Years On

Cllr Hirani with Shadow Minister for Public Health Diane Abbott MPI was delighted to attend the 25 years on event celebrating the 1987 historic election when four ethnic minority MPs, Bernie Grant, Keith Vaz and Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng were elected to Parliament. The event was held at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. Paul was of course a MP in Brent and now sits in the House of Lords.

Indeed that weekend, I had been watching the Election 1987 programme on BBC Parliament and it was evident that it was an exciting election all around. In terms of social progress in society, it was great for ethnic minorities in this country. It paved the way towards seeing more ethnic minorities in public life in prominent positions. There are 27 ethnic minority MPs in the current Parliament, serving as either Labour or Conservative MPs.

I am proud of the progress that our Brent Labour Group is making and our ethnic composition that reflects the diversity of Brent. Around 60% of the Brent come from ethnic minority backgrounds and 60% of the Labour Group are ethnic minorities.

It’s great progress that Brent Council Leader Muhammed Butt is one of three ethnic minority Leaders of a London Borough Council. Despite London’s diversity, it is surprising that there are not more.

Brent Council Executive 2012 / 2013

Following the Brent Council Annual General Meeting of 2012 tonight, the emerging Cabinet will be as follows:

Mayor of Brent – Cllr Michael Adeyeye

Deputy Mayor of Brent – Cllr Bobby Thomas

Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher

Lead Member for Adults and Health – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Mary Arnold

Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety – Cllr Lincoln Beswick

Lead Member for Customers and Citizens – Cllr Lesley Jones

Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods – Cllr James Powney

Lead Member for Highways and Transportation – Cllr Jim Moher

Lead Member for Housing – Cllr Janice Long

Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects – Cllr George Crane