Tomiwa Akintunde named Young Mayor of Newham
Kingsford pupil Tomiwa Akintunde was named the borough’s 11th young mayor at the Old Town Hall in Stratford, securing 1,387 votes out of 14,012.
Tomiwa, together with a 20-strong youth council, will represent the views of young people across Newham and advise on policies that affect them.
Some 21 candidates stood in this year’s contest, voted for by young people aged 11 to 18.
Kingsford Head Teacher, Joan Deslandes OBE, said of Tomiwa's victory: "I am delighted that one of Kingsford's wonderful young people will have the privilege of serving as Young Mayor of Newham. It is extremely encouraging to see young people engaging with the democratic process and fighting to effect positive change in our local community, and I wish to congratulate Tomiwa on having fought an excellent, winning campaign."
Deputy mayor Ken Clark said: “I was impressed by all the candidates and their campaigning.
“I am looking forward to seeing how Tomiwa will fulfil his duty to the young people of Newham.
Tomiwa replaces Khadija Sethi from Langdon Academy, East Ham, who was the 10th young mayor. The outgoing Deputy Young Mayor, Deborah Conteh, also attended Kingsford completing her GCSE studies during the last academic year.
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