Indian-origin Sunil Chopra wins Mayor of London Borough of Southwark, UK
Delhi-born businessman Sunil Chopra was elected as Southwark’s London Borough Mayor for the second time. Chopra took the oath on Saturday at Southwark Cathedral, Montague Close in Central London. Chopra was the mayor of the London Borough of Southwark in 2014-2015, and deputy mayor in 2013-2014, the first Indian-origin person to hold the prestigious office in the Borough. Sunil Chopra tweeted that he is “honoured” to be elected as the Mayor of London Borough of Southwark for a second term.
Sunil Chopra became the first president of the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University in 1972. While pursuing LL.B. he held the position of Supreme Councillor at Delhi University in 1973-74. Later, he also became NSUI president for New Delhi.
After shifting to the UK in 1979, Sunil Chopra launched a retail enterprise shop that later grew into a wholesale business of children’s clothing and baby products. He also started promoting Indian culture by organising cultural events and community work as well as co-founded the Southwark Hindu Centre for the Indians living in the region. In 2020, Sunil Chopra joined politics in the UK and he was elected as the mayor of the London Borough of Southwark for the first time in 2014. He held the position of Deputy Mayor three times before he was elected as Mayor of the London Borough of Southwark.