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Luton's new mayor - Councillor Naseem AyubCouncillor Naseem Ayub was invested as the new Mayor of Luton on 18 June 2018. It was a historic occasion as she has become the first female Asian Mayor of the town.

​Born and raised in Luton, Councillor Ayub has always been a passionate advocate of Luton and is pleased to be Mayor at a time when so many exciting developments are taking place.

A brief history of our new Mayor

"I was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Luton and come from Kashmiri heritage with roots belonging from a beautiful place called Kotli in Azad Kashmir.
"I am one of six children and my father came to this country in the early 60s, where he worked for various industries and ran successful businesses in the town.

"Being from a very conservative background I found my upbringing quite challenging at times.
"After leaving Denbigh High School, I had a passion and huge ambitions of breaking into the fashion world so studied fashion.
"I married in late 1989, and am blessed with four amazing children. Later, with my husbands support, I graduated and started teaching.
"In 2011 I stood as a candidate and won from the same seat where I grew up in.
"Since serving at the council, I have been a cabinet member with portfolio responsibilities for community safety, adult social care and domestic abuse."


Councillor Ayub is proud to have achieved the following during her time as Lead Member:

  • being awarded Luton the status of a White Ribbon Town, recognising the valuable work we do in the town fighting against domestic abuse
  • implementing a strategy to eradicate vice issues in Luton
  • ensured we met the needs of the most vulnerable with bespoke packages designed to support individual needs
  • building a state of the art disability resource centre for people with complex needs
  • being a Dementia Friendly Champion for Luton
  • whilst working with the hospital, gaining national recognition as an exemplary council for having the best DTOC (delayed transfer of care) rates in the country
  • hampioning the hampioning the Ethical Health Charter ensuring people are provided with the best possible standards of social care services
  • as a women's ambassador, continuing to champion women’s issues in the town, whether forced marriages, FGM or honour based violences
  • encouraging women to learn to speak English to empower them in getting jobs and living independently
  • helping and supporting women breaking barriers they face, by encouraging them to take that first step to help themselves

The future for the new Mayor

"This year is going to be a very special year in my life as Mayor of the town. It's a significant year for us in the UK as we commemorate one hundred years since women were given the right to vote, so it’s really special for me!
In Luton’s history, I am delighted to be honoured to be the first female of Asian heritage to be Mayor of Luton in 142 years!

"I am really excited and looking forward to my year as First Citizen of the town.

"In my municipal year 2018 to 19, I would like to commit and dedicate my time in promoting Luton in the positive way that it deserves recognition.
"I also look forward to colleagues and friends support to help me make this year a successful one."I also look forward to colleagues and friends support to help me make this year a successful one."

Councillor Mark Rivers

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