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I'm the first Asian Lord Mayor of Leeds
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal at Leeds Civic Hall
Councillor Mohammed Iqbal will be the 113th Lord Mayor of Leeds.

When he takes over in May 2006 history will be made because he will be Leeds’ first Muslim Lord Mayor.
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As Lord Mayor of Leeds Mohammed Iqbal will attend around 1,000 events during his year in office.

The Lord Mayor’s full title is "The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of the City of Leeds" but it is quite usual to use the title "The Lord Mayor of Leeds".

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I was born in Kashmir. My family left Pakistan to move to Leeds when I was a young boy - just nine years old.

I went to various schools in Leeds and then became a businessman.

Outside work people always brought their problems to me to be solved. For this reason I went into politics.

I joined the Labour party and was elected to Leeds city council in 1999 as representative for
City and Hunslet ward. This community was shocked when it was discovered that some of the London bombers had lived there.

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Mohammed Iqbal at Leeds Civic Hall reception
Cllr Iqbal at Leeds Civic Hall reception


My nomination has sent a strong message to communities across the city and I look upon this as an opportunity to bring different communities together.

I think the city has a lot to offer. If you want to get involved you get rewarded. Everyone should realise they are an important part of society.

A Leeds man

I see myself as a Leeds man and proud of it and view being Lord Mayor as a massive opportunity to do some good. I'm determined to give it my maximum.

I have helped to raise money to send to Kashmir to assist the victims of the 2006 earthquake. I went to Kashmir in December 2005 to see for myself the full extent of the devastation.

As Lord Mayor I am able to choose a few charities to contribute to. My priority is to raise some money for local charities in Leeds but I can dedicate part of the money to something in Kashmir and I'm working on that.

Once I take up my new role in May 2006 me and my consort, my daughter Sayeka, will have very little free time. During my year of office I expect to represent Leeds at over 1,000 events.

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