From the Group Leader, Westminster North:
Councillor Mushtaq Qureshi has died in September 2009 after a short illness. His family was with him when he died. He will be buried next to his mother in Bangladesh.
Mushtaq came to England in 1956 and originally settled in Manchester where he ran a number of restaurants and began his lifelong support for Manchester United. He continued in the restaurant business when he and his family later moved to London, after which he started to work for the CAB.
Councillor Qureshi, 76, had been a Queen’s Park Labour Councillor since 1994. He was the first Bangladeshi Councillor to be elected to Westminster City Council.
Before his election he worked at the Paddington Citizens Advice Bureau on the Harrow Road where he helped many local families with housing, legal and benefits problems. His eldest son, Murad, followed him on to the Council for Church Street Ward in 1998 and his youngest daughter, Papya, was elected a Councillor for Westbourne Ward in 2006. Murad was elected to the Greater London Assembly in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
His family and politics were at the centre of Mushtaq’s life, both in Westminster and in Bangladesh where he had many friends in the Government. Mushtaq’s death is such a sad loss to his family, to the Bangladeshi community and to his constituents in Queen’s Park. His commitment to social justice was at the heart of his politics. He was a fighter for those in housing need and for people who needed help and assistance.