Monday, May 14, 2012

Citizen Javed

As is traditional on this blog at this time of year, we welcome the new Redbridge Mayor and Deputy Mayor. This year we have the pleasure of Muhammed Javed, councillor for Clementswood ward and as Deputy we have Elaine Norman councillor for Newbury ward. They are both Labour Party councillors so it is pleasing to see the Mayorilty spread around the political parties and not hogged by the party(s) in power.

They are both former leaders of the local Labour Party and former leaders of the Council, albeit in a minority status. Cllr Javed is our first Muslim Mayor, according to the Ilford Recorder, and the name Javed in Arabic means “alive, living” and in Hindu it means “immortal” so Google tells me. But we won’t mention the “Norman Conquest” here.

The Mayor’s charities this year are:
  • Redbridge Carers Support Service which was set up in 1994 to, as its name suggests, support and help carers. They have a pool of diverse, multi-lingual volunteers working to build relationships with carers and their families to ensure they get the services they are entitled to and need. They are based in Ilford Town Centre and I wish I had known about about them when I needed them. 
  •  Redbridge MENCAP which exists to support adults and children with learning disabilities in Redbridge to engage in positive activies that will raise self-esteem, confidence and self awareness through the groups it organises.
On the second one, we hope to have some news (and a blog post) soon of a new initiative by our MP, Lee Scott, on enabling young adults with learning disabilities to find mainstream employment.

You can read about the Mayor’s exploits over the coming year on the Mayor’s blog and no doubt we will see both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at various events and ribbon cuttings here in Barkingside.

Note: The Mayor is a Civic not a political position. In some ways it’s a bit like the House of Commons speaker role in that the Mayor presides over Full Council meetings. But that’s not all. The role is to represent and promote the borough at many events throughout the year and cut ribbons at opening ceremonies – but don’t expect a new swimming pool or library. They also get to dress up in robes, wear huge necklaces and ride around in an environmentally friendly Toyota Primus. This is not cuddly Ken or bouncy Boris territory.

7 comments:

  1. Whilst the Toyota may be (or not) environmentally friendly it exudes all the dignity of a miniature corporation dustcart or a BT engineer's van. Political correctness gone mad.

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    1. Would you prefer a Pedicab operated by a well known local ex Taxi driver?

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    2. No - an elegant Roller or a Daimler limo. A car with a bit of visible class, not the derisible toy gimmick they now use.

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  2. Toyota Primus? Is this so the Mayor can cook his sausages on the way home from a Civic function?

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    1. Hmmmm. I appear to have aliens interfering with my internet connection and inserting random "m"s.

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    2. Is the Toyota Primus a first among equals???

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  3. Just as long as they aren't random M&Ms....

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