Thursday 1 March 2018 11:47 PM UTC
NEWHAM Feb 28: Noted social activist and community leader Sugathan Thekkepura has been selected by Labour Party members to contest as councillor for East Ham Central in the forthcoming local government elections to be held on May 3, 2018.
Sugathan replaces sitting Councillor Mukesh Patel to take up this position to contest under the banner of Labour Party.
Sugathan has been an active worker within Labour Party and has held several positions on a executive level. He has also been in the forefront in campaigning for London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Sugathan is at present Indian Workers Association’s national assistant secretary. IWA was formed by the migrants from India in early 1930s who fought against racial discrimination and for their working rights.
East Ham Central, which has a healthy Malayalaee population, means Malayalees will too play a part in the voting process at the local government elections.
Sugathan is from Vaikom in Kerala. He is married to Dhanya Sugathan, who works as Maths teacher in a school in Walthamstow, is from Vallikkavu in Kollam and has three children and the family are settled in East Ham.
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