A HISTORY-MAKING election of the first Muslim woman member of Worcester City Council has been hailed by community leaders and Conservative chiefs across the city.
Coun Nida Hassan became the first Asian woman to be elected to any level of government in Worcester and now represents Warndon Parish North on the city council.
The 32-year-old also became one of the youngest councillors at the Guildhall and Mohammed Iqbal, the general secretary of Worcester Muslim Welfare Association, hailed her election as an ‘historic moment for the City of Worcester’.
“We sincerely hope more ladies from ethnic minority groups take this as a positive message forward by actively getting involved in politics and local issues,” he said.
“We look forward to working with Coun Nida Hassan and we wish her all the best in her new pollical career.”
The Warndon Parish North councillor increased the Conservative majority won by former councillor Alan Feeney and held the seat with 43 per cent of the vote.
“I am really honoured to be elected to represent Warndon Parish North. I am going to work with all residents to improve our local area,” she said.
Worcester MP Robin Walker said: “I have been hugely impressed by Nida’s energy and activity on the issues she has taken in on resident’s concerns.
“I’m delighted the party has provided the platform for talented young women and I look forward to working with Nida to serve all communities in Worcester.
“We should be proud that the Conservative Party provided our country with its first Muslim woman cabinet minister [Baroness Warsi] and its first Home Secretary from a Muslim background [Sajid Javid]. I am delighted we have supported and elected the first female Muslim councillor to serve the city.”