On May 17, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi becomes youngest Sikh mayor in UK

Just 32, he was unanimously elected by majority Labour councillors 11 May 2011: On May 17, history of sorts will be created when Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, will become the youngest Sikh mayor in the UK.
Just 32, he was unanimously elected by majority Labour councillors in Gravesham council in the south-east county of Kent.

The Labour party councillors held a meeting on May 7 and unanimously elected Dhesi as mayor. He was declared mayoral candidate by the Labour party even before the election.

This is the first time five councillors of Punjabi origin have been elected from Gravesham, an area with a sizeable Sikh community.

The others are Narinderjit Singh Thandi (Northfleet south ward), Makhan Singh (Pelham ward), Balbir Singh Sangha (Pelham ward) and Gurdeep Bungar (central ward).

The UK-born Sikh, with a degree from both Oxford and Cambridge universities, has family roots in Raipur village of Jalandhar. In fact, he has studied mathematics with management studies at University College London, before undertaking a course in applied statistics at Keble College, Oxford University.

He, subsequently, went on to study the history and politics of south Asia during his MPhil course at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

After completion of studies, he went on to join the Labour party. He was first elected as councillor from the Northfleet North ward in Gravesham in 2007.

The election to the 44 seats of the council governed by Conservatives was held on May 5. In the results declared the next day, Labour got 25 seats, as Conservatives trailed with 19.


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