New Glasgow Bame councilors welcomed to town halls after election

New Glasgow SNP Councilor Fyeza Ikhlaq hailed the number of BAME politicians elected.

Councilor Ikhlaq was elected on Friday to represent Drumchapel, Anniesland, which also saw former asylum seeker Roza Salih become a councilor for Greater Pollok.

Speaking after her victory at the Emirates Stadium, Councilor Ikhlaq said: “I am delighted with the number of successful BAME candidates today.”

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Ms Salih, who fought for refugee rights and was a member of a campaign group – the Girls of Glasgow – was congratulated by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon after her election.

Councilor Salih said: “I would like to thank the voters of Greater Pollok – each one of them. I won’t let them down. I will work hard and listen to their needs.

SNP councilor Graham Campbell tweeted about the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic councilors representing the party on Glasgow City Council.

Councilor Campbell said the SNP group “now has five councilors from BAME Glasgow from the Kurdish, Afghan, South Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities”.

He congratulated Councilor Salih, Ikhlaq, new Pollokshields Councilor Zen Ghani and Maryhill Councilor Abdul Bostani for becoming elected representatives.

He added: “I am a proud organizer of SNP BAME in our second term.”

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