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A number of councillors from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities has increased in this year’s Nottingham City Council local elections as Labour Party floored the ruling Conservative Party to maintain its foothold for the city.

The Conservatives failed to get a single seat this time around losing the only seats the won in 2019.

In the previous local elections in 2019, Labour won 50 seats while the Nottingham Independents won three.

vote-casting in a ballot box during city council elections at a polling station.

The 2023 Nottingham city Council elections took place on 4th May 2023 to elect all 55 members of the Nottingham City Council.

Out of the 55 seats, the Labour Party scooped a staggering 51 seats, where 26 belonged to the people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities.

The representation of the minority black community seats also increased by one from a previous seven in 2019 and to eight in 2023.

One of the eight black councillors in Nottingham, Berridge ward councillor, Angela Kandola

In an interview with Mojatu Magazine Labour Councillor for Mapperley Leslie Ayoola said: “It very pleasing and encouraging that the number of councillors from the Black, Asian and Minority groups has increased in this election.

“This is an indication that many people from the minority groups are now coming forward than ever to serve their communities.”

Councillor Ayoola, grew up on Pearmain Drive in Nottingham and was educated in the ward has a Masters Degree in Youth & Community Development and a BA in Business, according to the Nottingham City Council website.

Councillor Ayoola, who has a passion for community development said:

“I would love to see as many black young people taking part in the development of our city and they can do that by participating in politics and be leaders.”

Nottingham City has a large BAME population 34.6% which accounts for just over third of the total population and this is likely to increase over the next few years.

Councillor Neghat Khan of Dales Ward – Labour Party

BAME communities in Nottingham have faced many challenges over the years, with health risks being much higher than in the general population – this has led to poorer outcomes for these groups – with less opportunity and support available.

Over the years, the number of Black and Asian people in Nottingham City Council has increased dramatically.

This can provide inspiration to many Black and Asian communities who may feel disconnected from the larger Nottinghamshire County.

Nottingham City has a large BAME population 34.6% which accounts for just over third of the total population and this is likely to increase over the next few years.

BAME communities in Nottingham have faced many challenges over the years, with health risks being much higher than in the general population.

This has led to poorer outcomes for these groups, with less opportunity and support available.

Over the years, the number of Black and Asian people in Nottingham City Council has increased dramatically.

This can provide inspiration to many Black and Asian communities who may feel disconnected from the larger Nottinghamshire County.

Nottingham City Council House

 “It very pleasing and encouraging that the number of councillors from the Black, Asian and Minority groups has increased in this election.”

Leslie Ayoola
Councillor for Mapperley – Labour

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