Shravan Joshi triumphs in Bishopsgate by-election


Shravan Joshi has triumphed in the battle for Bishopsgate in this week’s Common Council by-election.

The energy consultant fended off stiff competition from former Bishopsgate councillor Patrick Streeter, winning the 20 March ballot by just 15 votes to take the post recently vacated by Prem Goyal, the newly elected alderman for Portsoken.

He will join Benjamin Murphy, Tom Sleigh, Wendy Hyde, Andrew Mayer and Simon Duckworth in representing the ward underneath Alderman The Rt Hon the Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, QC.

Mr Joshi, an Independent, won 72 votes ahead of Mr Streeter’s 57, Joanna Abeyie (24) and Labour candidate Adedamola Aminu (20) with a 17.9% voter turnout.

He campaigned hard on local issues like rough sleepers, crime, pollution and the impact of Crossrail on Liverpool Street commuters once the line opens fully in December.

It was the second time Bishopsgate headed to the polls since the City-wide elections last March, electing former Epping Forest mayor Mr Murphy to replace Pooja Suri Tank in November. Mr Murphy tweeted his support for Mr Joshi ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

This will be Mr Joshi’s first civic role in the City, having spent almost two decades working in trade finance within the energy sector.

According to his campaign website, the married father-of-two is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and a member of the Coleman Street Ward Club and the Bishopsgate Ward Club.

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