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Indian-Origin Harbhajan Kaur Dheer became first Asian woman elected as Mayor in UK

May 14, 2015 11:00 IST

Indian-Origin Harbhajan Kaur Dheer on 12 May 2015 became the first Asian woman to be elected as mayor in the United Kingdom (UK).

The 62-year-old councilor of the Labour Party assumed the charge as the Mayor of Ealing Council in London in which she was the Deputy Mayor before assuming the present position.

She was a mental health professional and is a rights activist advocating for rights of children and elderly.

She is a Punjabi by origin and migrated to Britain in 1975 for pursuing higher education.

Incidentally, her husband Ranjit Dheer is a former mayor of Ealing Council.

Ealing Council serves the residents and businesses of London's third largest borough, which is located in the heart of west London.

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