LONDON - The Mayor of British coastal town, Seaford, Nazish Adil , is the town’s first mayor belonging to an ethnic minority.
Adil’s victory in the local elections in 2018 marked a wave of change, not just because she is a Muslim, a woman, and a Pakistani; She is the first mayor of Pakistani origin in entire southeast England. She belongs to a party, Liberal Democrats, that took the reins of Seaford by defeating two major political parties, the Conservative Party and the Labor Party.
It was not easy for her to win the seat of the town council of Seaford, as the town is home to a large number of staunch supporters of the Conservative party.
And yet, she became the town’s chief executive, and now enjoys regal protocol. People bow before her while the army salutes her and conducts marches in her honor.
Born and educated in Karachi, Nazish Adil completed her LLB from the SM Law College and did her masters in international relations from the University of Karachi. Then she completed LLM in criminology from the SM Law College.
She moved to the UK in 2010 with her husband who, also Karachi-born and a banker, shifted to the UK because he was not enjoying his job. One and a half year after immigrating to the UK, they moved to Seaford, a town of the Lewes District Council of Brighton city.
She lives in the town with her husband and two sons, who are 12 and nine years old. She attributes her victory as a mayor to Pakistan. Her husband works in securities while she manages a restaurant, Moon of India, owned by a Bengali family.