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Lutfur Rahman, Britain's first Muslim executive mayor HONOUR AWARD PROFILE


Lutfur Rahman is Britain's first Muslim executive mayor. He was elected and assumed office in October 2010. We are very proud of his achievements, his dedication and sacrifice to the community.


Lutfur Rahman was born in


Bangladesh and then moved to the United Kingdom at the age of four. He grew up in Tower Hamlets and after studying Law at City University London, Lutfur Rahman qualified as a solicitor and specialised in family law.


Lutfur Rahman has been selected as one of the hundred most influential persons in Britain listed by The Telegraph. In the beginning of 2011, forhis achievement in local government sector, he was awarded with the Political and Public Life Award organized by the Asian Voice Newspaper in British Parliament. Lutfur Rahman is the first elected Mayor from the ethnic community in charge of a budget of 1.2 billion pounds and is leading 11,000 workers. Before becoming Tower Hamlets First directly elected Mayor, Lutfur Rahman had taken part in local civil society initiatives including Member and General Secretary (1987–89) of Progressive Youth Organisation, Spitalfields and Founding


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Our host, Tasmin Lucia Khan is the face of news on ITV’s Breakfast show ‘Daybreak’. This year she has informed the public with breaking news on: the death of Osama Bin Laden, the phone-hacking investigation, the Japanese earthquake, UK riots and the Conrad Murray trial where Michael Jackson’s former doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.


Tasmin is keen to make news as accessible as possible, she feels privileged to be able to broadcast to millions every day, while at the same time, keeping her viewers up-to-date with the latest and most accurate developments in news and current affairs. She joined the Daybreak presenting team, alongside Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, after spending several years at BBC News. Many will still recognise her from BBC Three, where she was the face of the channel’s hourly news bulletins.


She also hosted ‘E24’, the showbiz news programme on the rolling 24-hour news channel, BBC News, where she regularly interviewed UK and Hollywood celebrities. Tasmin’s appeal isn’t limited to news - she’s been selected to host many award ceremonies and live events, including the launch of the 2010 Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen present, and she interviewed Bill Clinton soon after his last term as US President. Tasmin graduated from Oxford University with an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She studied Latin, Maths and Economics A-Levels at The City of London


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School for Girls. Whilst at university, Tasmin became a keen debater, nurtured her passion for current affairs and specialised in International Relations.


Tasmin’s presenting career began in 1999 at the Zee TV Network. She fronted and produced a variety of entertainment shows. Later she hosted her own show interviewing celebrities from the worlds of music, film and sport. Away from the camera, Tasmin is actively involved in charities that are close to her heart. She is an avid supporter of www.restlessbeings.org a charity that aims to rehabilitate children living on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh. For years, she has been involved in educational projects which help children better their lives and get life skills and training, to realise their full potential. She is especially passionate about breaking down barriers in the developing world that prevent many girls getting an education to lift themselves out of poverty.


She has also extensively supported victims of domestic violence and has


organised ‘confidence


building’ workshops for children from abused families.


Member and first Treasurer (1990) of Keen


Students Supplementary School (KSS). He was General Secretary of Community Alliance for Police Accountability (CAPA) and Chair of the Tower Hamlets Law Centre. Elected as a Labour Councillor for the Spitalfields and Banglatown ward in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 & 2010, He was the council leader for two terms from 2008 to 2010. Also serving as Lead member for Education and Lead Member for Culture.


The Mayor Lutfur Rahman along with his many other accolades did not just concentrate on his chosen profession but he chose also to serve the


community and was a Non-Executive Director of Barts and The London NHS Trust. He has shown that he cares about the community as a whole and works to unite the community an effort which can be seen with the campaign bid for Tower Hamlets City Status, a competition that is being held to name a new UK City as part of Her Majesty the Queen Mother’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Our Honor Award this year therefore goes to the Mayor Lutfur Rahman for his accomplishments and his drive, commitment and his vision.


for his


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