Scrolling news:

Iraq: US seeks verification of ‘Islamic State’ beheading of journalist James Foley

Japan: Torrential rains unleash deadly landslide killing a dozen people in Hiroshima

Palestine: Three Palestinians killed, incl 3 year-old child, in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City

Palestine: Dozens Palestinians abducted by Israeli forces in West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army demolishes cave housing family near Bethlehem

Palestine: Several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank, Israeli settlers attack cars

Palestine: Israel bombs Gaza, withdraws negotiators from Cairo

Pakistan: 18 suspected militants killed in fresh NWA, Khyber airstrikes

US: Ferguson curfew lifted, Obama appeals for restraint

Iraq: Obama says Mosul Dam retaken from extremists with US help

Palestine: Palestinian female detainee denied family visits since her arrest in 2012

Palestine: Nine Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers from West Bank, Jerusalem

Palestine: Israeli army detonates two homes in Hebron, seals one with concrete blocs

Palestine: Six Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli forces in West Bank

Syria: Airstrikes kill 31 terrorists in Raqqa city

Palestine: Body recovered in Shujaiyya a month after ‘massacre’ by Israel

Palestine: Hamas says Israel stalling on agreement as Gaza death toll hits 2016

US: Curfew imposed for second night in Ferguson, Missouri

Palestine: Palestinian arrested filming Israeli settlers throwing stones in W Bank

Israel: 5 of 64 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza invasion were killed by ‘Friendly Fire’

Saleem Siddiqui conferred freedom of Borough of Hackney

24th Dec 2013

Saleem Siddiqui conferred freedom of Borough of Hackney

[Cllr Saleem Siddiqui receiving ceremonial and commemorative scroll from Speaker of

London Borough of Hackney, Cllr Michael Desmond]

 

By Ahmed J Versi

 

Councillor Saleem Siddiqui, 74, was conferred the Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Hackney in “appreciation and acknowledgement of the eminent service he rendered with distinction as Councillor of the Borough” since 1990.

“I felt humbled and honoured to have received the accolade. I could not have done this without my wife, family and friends. What I did was for the people of Hackney and worked for community cohesion,” Siddiqui told The Muslim News after being conferred.

Cllr Siddiqui’s involvement in local government has been wide and varied. But his speciality has been education and housing. He has held a number of positions in both of these areas from sitting on the Hackney Homes Board and the Clapton Park TMO Board to serving on the Best Star Federation Governing Body.

A passionate advocate of education, at one point Cllr Siddiqui was serving on four governing bodies simultaneously, representing parents and communities at schools of varying sizes and specialist needs.

Siddiqui, who is married and has two grown up children, was twice Mayor of the Borough, Chair of the Education Scrutiny Commission, Labour Group Chief Whip and member of large number of committees. He was also Honorary President of Hackney Players and member of various NHS trusts and many other bodies in the Borough.

Siddiqui, who was born in Hissar, India, arrived in Britain in 1963 after obtaining his MSc in Chemistry in Pakistan.

Dozens of councillors poured accolades on him during the conferment on December 4 at the Hackney Town Hall.

Jules Pipe, as directly elected Mayor said Siddiqui had seen Hackney “through some of the worst of times” and was part of a group of Councillors “instrumental in taking it forward to the place it is today.”

Cllr Krishna acknowledged the personal debt she had in terms of the support and counselling he had provided to her when she was a new Councillor.

Cllrs Patrick and Nkafu emphasised his relentless hard work as a committed and dedicated Ward Councillor representing the concerns of Hackney’s local communities and acting as their advocate.

Cllrs Aussenberg, Lloyd, Hayhurst, Steinberger and Fajana Thomas focussed on his resilience and tenacity in his work and praised him for his warmth and friendship “you showered on us” and “thank you for your guidance”.  They said he went “an extra mile” in his service for the people of Hackney.

Gordon Bell, Freeman of the Borough, said Siddiqui was “always a gentlemen, never offensive. He is one of Hackney’s finest persons.”

 

 

 

 

Leave a Comment

What is 3 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.


Latest Tweets

The Muslim News

awards

Awards for Excellence

Read more