Prem Goyal will serve as the next alderman in the Portsoken ward, edging out candidates William Campbell-Taylor, David Barker and Anthony Samuels to storm to victory at the polls on Thursday. Early accusations of misuse of public funds seemed all but forgotten on election day...
Prem Goyal will serve as the next alderman in the Portsoken ward, edging out candidates William Campbell-Taylor, David Barker and Anthony Samuels to storm to victory at the polls on Thursday.
Early accusations of misuse of public funds seemed all but forgotten on election day with the current Bishopsgate councillor winning 60% of the vote (228 votes) in a decisive victory over his nearest competitor Mr Campbell-Taylor, a Labour candidate, who finished on 143 votes.
Mr Barker won 20 votes, while Mr Samuels, who was largely silent in the lead-up to the election despite fierce campaigning from the other three candidates, received just two.
Voter turnout was up around 62%, well above the 51% the ward managed for the Common Council elections in March.
Mr Goyal took to Twitter to thank his supporters adding that he was “honoured to carry the torch for Portsoken”
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Portsoken Aldermanic Election today & the 228 people who voted for me – almost 60% of the vote!. I’m very proud & honoured to carry the torch for Portsoken. The hard work begins now to priortise Portsoken!
— Prem Goyal OBE JP (@PremGoyal_) December 15, 2017
A local resident and businessman, Mr Goyal promised to break down barriers in the City through education and mentoring programs and making lavish City events like the Silent Ceremony and Dragon Awards more accessible to minority groups.
He also pledged to make City landlords, including the City Corporation, more accountable to tenants, secure and generate income from Middlesex Street carpark, increase police presence and support for rough sleepers and improve pest control.
But social mobility topped his hit-list; a cause close to his heart given his own journey from humble beginnings that resulted in him running his own business empire.
“My story began in Delhi, India, where I grew up the youngest of 11 children. During my summers, I would stay at my sister’s house; her place had no bathroom, no running water and one electric light.
“I remember collecting five buckets of buffalo dung every day, which I’d shape into pancakes, slap on the wall to dry, and use for fuel. Back then I was the local dung collector champion!”
How time has changed the outlook for the dung collecting champion, who has overseen the growth of his successful Global Markets Consultants firm – based in Portsoken – since 2002. He said he is hoping to use this success to help others in the community.
“Portsoken is my home. I’ve walked on Minories, Mansell Street and Middlesex Street several times every day for 18 years and made lifelong friendships with local business owners and residents on both estates.
“I will put your interests first every day as your Alderman; I will prioritise Portsoken.”
More to come.