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London Borough of Newham

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The London Borough of Newham was established in 1965, and is the most ethnically diverse local authority in England and Wales, with no particular ethnic group dominating (Piggott 2006). Newham has the highest young population and the second highest percentage of Muslims in Britain (24.3"), after Tower Hamlets. The Newham Community and Police Forum enables local residents to become involved in policing matters, and has regular public meetings to discuss community safety and policing. Muslim councillors and associations regularly attend these meetings, and raise issues of anti-social behavior and racial and religious discrimination. The London Borough of Newham consists of twenty wards, each electing three councillors. The first mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, was elected in the May 2002 local elections. The first Muslim councillor was elected to Newham council in 1990. Notably, Muslim councillors in Newham are highly politically incorporated.

Keywords: Britain; London Borough of Newham; Muslim councillors; Newham community; Sir Robin Wales; Tower Hamlets; Wales



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