India born Manjula Sood, who migrated from India to the UK in 1970, is set to become Britain’s first Asian woman Lord Mayor when she takes up the top post in Leicester city next week. Sood has been actively involved in projects involving the Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities and her term in office at the Leicester City Council will be for one year.
As Leicester’s first citizen, the Lord Mayor has a high profile role in maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its people. There have been Asian Lord mayors in British towns, but this is the first time that a woman of Indian origin will hold the post anywhere in the UK. The only other Indian-origin Lord mayor currently in office is Harjit Gill in Gloucester.
Leicester City Council sources said that Sood, a mother of two sons, will assume charge of the office of Lord mayor on May 15. Sood has also been Britain’s first Asian female High Bailiff.