NEW Binley and Willenhall Councillor Seyi Agboola said he was ‘living proof of the UK dream where opportunities were available to everyone’.
Coun Agboola said he was ‘proud and excited’ to become Coventry’s first black councillor in two decades after winning the by-election, polling 169 more votes than second-paced Conservative candidate Amarjit Singh Khangura.
And he said his focus now turned towards bringing positive change in Binley and Willenhall with housing, anti-social behaviour, unemployment, speeding and fly-tipping being high on his priority list.
He said: “When I spoke with constituents, I discussed my determination to bring the government closer to the people and vice versa.
“I want to represent the views of local people and ensure community interests are taken into account.
“I am concerned about our local area and want to ensure our community gets the right services they deserve.”
The Labour Councillor filled the seat previously held by Coun John Mutton, who sadly passed away in May.
Coun Agboola paid tribute to his predecessor, adding he wanted to continue his ‘exceptional work’ and describing Coun Mutton as an inspiration to him and many others.
Coun Agboola said Labour’s values and policies aligned with his worldview and he joined the party in 2018 after being a lifelong Labour voter.
“I was tired of folding my hands and allowing another term of the Conservative government.
“I joined the Labour party to make a difference and be actively involved in shaping the future of our local community.”