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Comer-Schwartz to be first black female leader

Junction ward councillor is confirmed for top job at the Town Hall

26 March, 2021 — By Calum Fraser

Kaya Comer-Schwartz: ‘I am incredibly proud to be elected as the leader of Islington Labour Group and excited to become the leader of Islington Council’

ISLINGTON Council is set to have its first black female leader, it was confirmed this week.

Labour councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz, who has represented Junction ward since 2013, will formally take over from Cllr Richard Watts at a full council meeting on May 20.

She was ratified as the new leader at a meeting of the Labour Group on Wednesday – a rubber-stamping exercise as no other councillors put themselves forward for the top job.

Cllr Comer-Schwartz said: “I am incredibly proud to be elected as the leader of Islington Labour Group and excited to become the leader of Islington Council, in the borough where I was born and have lived my entire life.”

She will have just under a year to settle into the job and prepare the Labour group to fight the 2022 local elections.

Outgoing leader Cllr Watts said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Kaya will be the next leader of Islington Labour.”

Cllr Troy Gallagher was elected the next mayor of the borough at the meeting, taking over from Cllr Janet Burgess.

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