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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
City gets first Asian Lord Mayor
Mohammed Iqbal
Mr Iqbal said Leeds welcomed people from all over the world
The city of Leeds elected its first Asian Lord Mayor on Monday when councillors met for the first time since the local elections.

Mohammed Iqbal represents the City and Hunslet ward in the south of Leeds.

Three of the London bombers came from neighbouring Beeston and Holbeck and Mr Iqbal led the local Muslim community's condemnation of the 7 July attacks.

During his year in office, he said he would work to bring together people of different faiths and cultures.

Thrilling opportunity

"I am delighted to have been chosen and thrilled to have this opportunity to be the first Asian Lord Mayor of Leeds," Mr Iqbal said.

"I will work hard during my year of office to promote this wonderful city and bring together people of different faiths and cultures.

"Leeds has a great tradition of welcoming and embracing people from all over the world. It welcomed my family and it is a great honour and privilege to be given the chance to represent it in this way."

A self-employed businessman, Mr Iqbal came to Leeds in 1970 when he was nine years old.

He is married to Fatima and the couple have two children, 22-year-old Sayeka and Mohammed Awais, aged nine.

Sayeka, a Leeds University law student, will be Lady Mayoress.

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