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Local elections 2014: Meet Newham’s youngest councillor

12:53 27 May 2014

Seyi Akiwowo

Seyi Akiwowo

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Seyi Akiwowo is not only among the new crop of Newham Labour councillors but is also the party’s youngest representative.

Beckton had the closest contest, with just 680 votes in it, while Labour had the far and away advantage in Little Ilford, with 2,022 votes between the third placed councillor and the runner-up.

The Conservatives finished in second place in 16 of the borough’s 20 wards.

UKIP were second to Labour in three wards – Canning Town North, Canning Town South and Custom House – while the Green party finished behind Labour in Forest Gate North.

The 22-year-old, who won a seat in Forest Gate North, says representing the ward is particularly personal to her as it is where she grew up.

“It was lovely to be canvassing in Maryland where I went to school,” Seyi, who now lives in West Ham, said. “It’s been a great experience and having grown up in Newham in the area that I am representing I definitely think will help me.”

Seyi, who was previously part of the borough’s youth council, says that she hopes to bring a “new fresh perspective” drawing on her experiences of living in the borough - and can’t wait to get stuck in.

“I am excited and nervous and so thankful that over 2,000 of the 9,000 people who voted chose me,” she said. “The hard work starts now and I am accountable to each and every one of them.

“It is quite scary but I am looking forward to it.”

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