First Muslim mayor sworn in

    The first Muslim mayor in the Humber region was sworn in on Wednesday. Councillor Jawaid Ishaq MBE, 62, replaced Tony Ellerby as the Mayor of North Lincolnshire in a ceremony at the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe. He said: “I come from a tiny village in Kashmir and I’m proud to have come this far in British politics. “I hope the younger ethnic generation in the region will take a leaf out of my book and play an active part in doing their best for the community.” Mr Ishaq made history in 2002 when he organised the Queen’s first visit to a British mosque at the Islamic Centre in Scunthorpe. He said at the time: “We invited her not knowing whether we’d be turned down or not. But she agreed to visit and she chose Scunthorpe.” North Lincolnshire Council leader Mark Kirk said of the ceremony: “This is an important event in the council’s calendar where everyone comes together to elect a new mayor.

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