Rokhsana Fiaz

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Rokhsana Fiaz

Mayor of Newham
Assumed office
4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)
Preceded byRobin Wales
Personal details
Political partyLabour

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE (born December 1971[1]) is a Labour Party politician serving as Mayor of Newham.

Fiaz was elected as a Councillor for the Newham ward of Custom House in 2014. Ahead of the 2018 Mayoral election, following protracted disagreements within the local party, the incumbent Labour Mayor of Newham (and the first directly elected Mayor of Newham) Sir Robin Wales was not automatically re-selected as the Labour Party's candidate. In the open selection that followed, Fiaz defeated Wales for the Labour nomination by 861 votes to 503.[2]

Fiaz was subsequently elected Mayor in May 2018, receiving 73.4% of the first preference votes (53,214 votes).[3] She is the first directly elected female mayor for any London borough.[3] Fiaz has also promised to hold a referendum on the direct elected mayoral system.[4]

Personal life[]

Fiaz was born in Mile End Hospital to parents who had moved to London from Pakistan in the 1960s.[5] In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services for race, faith and charity.[6]


  1. ^ "ROYAL DOCKS MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY LIMITED". Companies House. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales deselected after 23 years". BBC News. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Long, Rhiannon. "Local Elections: Newham elects Rokhsana Fiaz to be its mayor". Newham Recorder.
  4. ^ "New Labour mayor Rohksana Fiaz plans to abolish her role". BBC.
  5. ^ "Mayor of Newham". Newham Council. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Rokhsana Fiaz upsets the odds to defeat Newham Mayor — OBV". Retrieved 5 May 2018.

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