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Tamils - a Nation without a State
United Kingdom -
Eelam Tamil elected Mayor of London Borough of Southwark
25 May 2008
Tamil Ms Elizabeth Packiyadevi Mann has been elected as Mayor at the London
Borough of Southwark. The Mayor is elected to serve for twelve months by a
special council assembly called mayor making held in May.
Ms Mann is a member of the Liberal Democratic party and served as Deputy Mayor in 2006/7. She was elected to represent Riverside in the Borough Council in 2002. Ms Mann has served as head of the Tamil Eelam Economic Development Organisation (TEEDOR).
As first citizen of the borough, the Mayor will represent Southwark at hundreds of civic, ceremonial and social engagements throughout the year including the Southwark Civic Awards. The Mayor also promotes public involvement in the council's activities and attends civic and ceremonial functions. The Mayor chairs the meetings of the council assembly so that its business can be carried out efficiently with regard to the rights of all councillors and the interests of the community.
In the previous year, the Mayor of Southwark supported the innovative and
effective work of the
Trust. This trust has rolled out a tremendous amount of work in Southwark to
promote positive aspirations among the young people of the Borough.