5th May 1970 - Bashir Maan Becomes Councillor

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5th May 1970 - Bashir Maan Becomes Councillor


On 5th May 1970, Bashir Maan became the first Muslim to be elected to public office in the UK.

Born in Maan, Gujranwala, Pakistan, Bashir Maan came to Glasgow in 1953. He made history in a number of respects, becoming not only the first Muslim councillor (being elected to the Kingston ward for Labour), but the first Muslim Justice of the Peace (in 1968) and first magistrate (in 1971).
He has been a prominent figure in various aspects of public life in the city (serving, for example, as Chairman of Strathclyde Joint Police Board, Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of Strathclyde Community Relations Council and Deputy Lieutenant of Glasgow) and was awarded the CBE for services to race relations and the community in Scotland.
Glasgow City Archives holds the personal papers of Bashir Maan, including photographs, correspondence and press cuttings relating to the Asian community in Scotland. The Bashir Maan Archive also incorporates the records of Colourful Heritage, a project which aims to capture and preserve the stories of first generation migrants, and chart the development of the Asian Scots community over subsequent generations​.

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Council elections, May 1970 (ref: T-CH1/1/2/1)

Bashir Maan celebrating with other successful colleagues after the declaration of election results.

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​Presentation of CBE, 2000 (ref: T-CH1/1/2/5)

In recognition of his extensive work in the community, race relations and the voluntary sector, Bashir Maan was awarded the CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List, 2000.

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​Justice of the Peace, oath of allegiance (ref: JP22/1/4)

The oath sworn by Justices of the Peace (JPs). Glasgow City Archives holds various records which detail the life and career of JPs.

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Glasgow Corporation Minutes, May 1970 (ref: C1/3/161)

The entry of 6 May 1970, showing the historic municipal election result in the Kingston ward.

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