Oct 24 2012

Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar elected as new Harrow Council leader

Harrow Council’s former Deputy Leader has taken over the authority’s top post following the resignation of the previous leader, becoming the first ever Sri Lankan to hold the position of Council Leader in UK history.

Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar was elected leader at a meeting of the Labour Group on Tuesday (October 23) As part of a phased handover Cllr Bill Stephenson will continue as Leader until the next full Council meeting on November 8.

Cllr Idaikkadar will become Leader of Harrow Council within the next two weeks and is now officially Leader of the Labour Group. Cllr Idaikkadar will hold meetings over the coming week to determine who will make up the new cabinet and become the next Deputy Leader.

Cllr Idaikkadar was first elected as a Labour Councillor in 2002 and represents the Roxeth Ward. Most recently he has held the title of Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and was Portfolio Holder for Property and Major Contracts.

Cllr Idaikkadar’s passion is gardening and he grows his own vegetables and exotic fruit. He is a keen cook and plans to treat Council staff to a day of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine when he takes over the reins as Head Chef at the Civic Centre canteen for the day. He is also an avid cricket fan and still plays the odd match. His wife Dhamo, is Station Supervisor at North Harrow Station. His son Gajan, 27, is a Doctor in Slough, and his daughter, Praveena, 26, also works as a Doctor in Ealing.

Cllr Susan Hall, Leader of the Conservative group commented: “Over the last two and half years Labour’s reputation has been one of delay and drift; of dithering instead of decision-making – and throughout Cllr. Idaikkadar has been a central player in this failing Labour administration. For the sake of Harrow’s residents, I hope he can change this reputation now he holds the Council’s reins.”


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