Lib Dem Subhan Shafiq to be named deputy mayor

Subhan Shafiq
Subhan Shafiq

Subhan Shafiq is set to be named as Milton Keynes’ deputy mayor later this week.

Liberal Democrat Mr Shafiq will work alongside Mayor Brian White over the next year.

The announcement was made by the Lib Dems this morning, with local party leader Councillor McCall saying he is ‘delighted’ to be proposing the 41-year-old.

Mr Shafiq, who was raised in Batley, West Yorkshire, moved to MK 25 years ago and currently lives in Willen.

The estate agent, who works in Wolverton, is married to Saeeda – who will become his deputy mayoress – and has two children, eight-year-old Ameena and seven month old Mohammad-Luqman.

He was elected to the Walton Park ward in 2010, and is a member of a number of groups in the city including the MK branch of the Independent Advisory Group for Thames Valley Police and secretary of Westcroft Cricket Club.

He is also a Trustee of both Heronsbrook Meeting Place in Walnut Tree and Wolverton Mosque & Community Centre.

The keen cricketer founded MK Azad Cricket Club in 1989 and is now its secretary. He also boasts the club’s highest score – 153.

On hearing that he is to be elected, Mr Shafiq said: “What a surprise and an honour. I look forward to working hard as deputy mayor to represent all the residents and all the cultural groups of Milton Keynes.”

Mr McCall added: “The Liberal Democrats are delighted that the council will be electing Subhan Shafiq as deputy mayor.

“I am proud to be proposing him and know that he will do a good job, he already works with a number of groups in the community.

“Is he the first person from Yorkshire to be elected to this position? We have so many mayors and deputy mayors to come originally from the south of England, it is good to have someone from the north this time.”