Following an AGM of the Islington Labour Group this evening (Wednesday 24th March), Kaya Comer-Schwartz has been named the new Leader of Islington Labour Group, is set to be appointed Leader of Islington Council at Annual Council on 20th May.
Kaya, who was born and bred in the borough, will become the first Black woman to be Leader of Islington Council.
Representing Junction ward since 2013, Kaya has been Deputy Leader of the Council since 2020, and has served on the Council Executive for nearly six years as the Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families, and before that covering Community Development.
Before joining the Council Executive, Kaya worked in the charity sector, including roles at Centre for Mental Health, Shelter and The Women’s Library.
Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, Leader of Islington Labour Group, said:
“I am incredibly proud to be elected as the Leader of Islington Labour Group and excited to become the Leader of Islington Council, in the borough where I was born and have lived my entire life.
“I would like to thank Cllr Richard Watts for everything he has done for our borough during his time as Leader. He has spearheaded some nationally pioneering work that has been transformative to our borough. On a personal note, I am grateful for the support he has shown me throughout my time as a councillor.
“As Leader of the Council, I believe Islington should be the best place to grow up in, with high-quality, innovative schools, services and spaces. Our Borough needs to be a place where young people can be safe and thrive. Islington should be the best place to work and live in, with everyone deserving a safe, secure genuinely affordable home and a good, well-paid job. And Islington should be the best place to grow old in, with a greener, cleaner, healthier borough and top-quality, well-funded social care.
“I love Islington and will continue working hard to make our borough a fairer place by aspiring, improving and empowering Islington.”