A YOUNG champion of homelessness shook off 10 other candidates to become Ealing’s new youth mayor.
Sagar Ghelani, 16, from Southall, was the favourite after a hustings at Westside Young People’s Centre last week with his winning manifesto speech.
He will spend the next 12 months encouraging young people to get involved in politics, and raising awareness of important issues in Ealing such as homelessness and the impact of racism.
He said: “I am delighted to be elected Ealing’s youth mayor. The other candidates were amazing so this is a great honour. I want to thank everyone for their support and I’m looking forward to representing Ealing’s young people.”
After a two-week campaign, visiting schools and youth centres, nearly 3,000 young people from across the borough voted in the elections to see Sagar take up the robes.
He also thanked his predecessor, Jahanara Chaudhry who was applauded by Mr Gallagher at the ceremony at Ealing Town Hall on Tuesday for standing up for her peers and working closely with the council in the wake of the riots.