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Brighton and Hove Elect First South Asian Muslim Mayor


Brighton and Hove have made history by electing their first South Asian (British Bangladeshi) Muslim mayor, Mohammed Asaduzzaman. Councillors unanimously voted for Mr. Asaduzzaman, who was elected to Brighton & Hove City Council in the Hollingdean and Fiveways ward last May.

Brighton and Hove Elect First South Asian Muslim Mayor
Left to right Mayor of Brighton & Hove Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Deputy Mayor Amanda Grimshaw

Council leader Bella Sankey praised Mr. Asaduzzaman as “warm, kind, funny, and ambitious for our city.” She added, “Brighton and Hove can look forward to a mayor whose compassion has already left a mark on the city’s social, cultural, economic, and political landscape.”

Mr. Asaduzzaman, who has lived in Brighton for 30 years, brings a wealth of experience to the role. Before moving to the UK, he worked with the state minister for irrigation and water development in Bangladesh and holds a degree in political science. His community service during the Covid-19 pandemic included providing 500 free meals to essential service providers, advocating for vaccinations for those with uncertain immigration status, acting as an interpreter for those in legal need, and supporting crime victims.

Mayor of Brighton & Hove Mohammed Asaduzzaman with his Wife

Ms. Sankey highlighted Mr. Asaduzzaman’s deep connection to the community, stating, “With three decades of residency in Brighton, he has woven himself into the very fabric of the community. His journey from Bangladesh to Brighton exemplifies a life dedicated to public service and community betterment.”

In Brighton and Hove, the mayor primarily serves a ceremonial role as the first citizen and chairs meetings of the full council. Each year, the mayor supports local charities. The 63-year-old Mr. Asaduzzaman has chosen to support BHT Sussex, the Sussex Cricket Foundation, Chomp Brighton, My University Hospitals Sussex, Brighton Students’ Union, and the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust.

Labour councillor Amanda Grimshaw was elected deputy mayor and is expected to assume the mayoralty in a year. The city eagerly anticipates the positive impact of Mr. Asaduzzaman’s leadership and dedication to community service.

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