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19/06/2018 - Luton appoints first female Asian Mayor

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Cllr Naseem Ayub was invested as the new Mayor of Luton at the Town Hall yesterday, 18 June. It was a truly historic occasion as she has become the first female Asian Mayor of the town.

​Born and raised in Luton, Cllr 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.

She has been a councillor since 2011 when she became the first female to be elected in the Biscot ward of the town. As the longest serving Asian cabinet member she has held responsibilities for Adult  Social Care, Community Safety and Domestic Abuse.
 
A teacher by profession, Cllr Ayub has a special interest in women’s issues. Her first-hand experience of teaching, encouraging and supporting women has enabled her to see many gain confidence and flourish.

Through teaching English she has been able to empower women to take simple steps, such as attending their children’s parent teacher school events, attending doctor’s appointments on their own or setting up their own business.
 
One of her great desires is to remove the barriers facing many women who, for various reasons, lack confidence and self-esteem. She hopes that throughout her period as Mayor she will be able to inspire more women to get involved in politics and promote the many positive aspects to life in Luton.
 
Away from the Council, Cllr Ayub leads a full and active life: she is married with four children. In her spare time enjoys playing badminton and continues her lifelong enthusiasm for fashion through design, travelling, art and sewing. 
 
One hundred years after women secured the vote in the UK, Cllr Naseem Ayub, is aware of the significance of her appointment and will continue to champion women’s causes throughout her year of office.
 
Cllr Ayub said: “I am passionate about Luton and equally passionate about encouraging women like myself to play a role in shaping the town’s future. It is a real privilege to be Mayor at a time when so many exciting projects are running and I am keen that Luton’s success will be enjoyed by all.”
 
Cllr Mark Rivers was appointed deputy mayor. Mark has lived in Luton from the age of ten. Currently an engineering consultant and project manager he studied at Denbigh High School and Luton Sixth Form College.
 
He was elected as councillor for Round Green in 2011.
 

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