North London council elects borough's first ever British-Bengali Mayor who wants to 'bring people together'

Cllr Salim Chowdhury, Mayor of Harrow
-Credit: (Image: Harrow Council)

A North London council has named its first ever British Bangladeshi mayor, who is looking to promote ‘unity’ in the borough by ‘bringing people together’.

Cllr Salim Chowdhury, 50, is the new mayor of Harrow after taking over the reins from the outgoing Cllr Ramji Chuhan, at the annual meeting of Harrow Council earlier this month (May 16). At the ceremony, the former mayor handed over the mayoral robe and chain to its new occupant.

Cllr Chowdhury has served as a councillor in Centenary ward since 2022, having previously represented Pinner South between 2006 and 2010. Harrow’s 72nd mayor has chosen ‘unity’ as the theme for the year, claiming he is ‘passionate about bringing people together’.

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Coriander Restaurant, Harrow
Cllr Chowdhury owns the restaurant Coriander on Uxbridge Road in Pinner -Credit:Google Maps

It is tradition for an incoming mayor to choose a charity to fundraise for during their term. Cllr Chowdhury’s has chosen London’s Community Kitchen - a local charity that helps those struggling with food poverty. Away from politics, he has a ‘passion for food’ and owns two restaurants in the borough - including the local award winning eatery, Coriander.

Having lived in the borough since he was 17, he called it a ‘privilege and an honour’ to be the first British-Bengali mayor of Harrow. His wife, Cllr Jesmin Chowdhury, was appointed as Mayoress at the same ceremony..

Cllr Chowdhury: “[...] I’m reminded of just how diverse our borough is and why we should always celebrate this. I am looking forward to meeting people and community groups - it is these people that make Harrow so special.”

He added: “I would like to thank the outgoing mayor who I have been supporting this last year as deputy. I will continue both his and the legacy of previous mayors to bring people together. While I look forward to starting my Mayoral year, I encourage everyone to support my charity, London’s Community Kitchen who do incredible things to help those most in need."

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