A 29-year old woman from north London is set to become what is thought to be the country’s youngest female leader next week.
Nesil Caliskan (Lab) was voted leader of the Enfield Labour group after beating previous leader Doug Taylor (Lab) in a vote at the local party’s annual general meeting on Monday.
Cllr Caliskan, who reportedly belongs to the moderate wing of the Labour party, received 24 votes to Cllr Taylor’s 22. Cllr Taylor had been Enfield LBC’s leader for eight years.
If successful at the council’s annual meeting on 23 May, Cllr Caliskan will become the youngest leader in London and is thought to be the first person of Turkish heritage to lead a council in the UK.
Cllr Caliskan told the Enfield Independent: “I am incredibly proud to be the first woman leader in Enfield Council. I will represent all of the borough’s diverse communities and strive to give every Enfield resident a voice. I became active in politics because I passionately believe in fairness and everyone being able to fulfil their potential. Our communities deserve well-funded public services.
“We must do more to combat the rise in serious crime, and Enfield Council will lead the way in tackling the housing crisis in London which is affecting many of our residents.”
A spokesperson for the Enfield Momentum steering group reportedly told the local paper: “The Momentum steering group had supported Doug Taylor’s leadership and galvanised its members to support his leadership.
“A lot of councillors were keen for a continuation of someone who is moderate and has demonstrated leadership.
“There was a strength of feeling that he was a stable and dependable leader that the electorate could vote for.”
I became active in politics because I believe in fairness & giving everyone an equal chance to fulfill their potential. I’ll ensure Labour values are at the heart of @EnfieldCouncil— Nesil Caliskan (@Nesil_Caliskan) May 16, 2018
I look forward to leading the Labour Group and serving the people of Enfield. @UKLabour pic.twitter.com/srEOGvCvI5