Cllr Suresh Laxmidas Kansagra has become the only Asian Councillor from Conservative party in Brent, having retired as Justice of the Peace after 27 years.
Suresh who was born in Tororo, Uganda on 10 May 1948, came to England in 1971 for further studies but political situation in Uganda prevented it. His family joined him in 1972 when all Ugandan Asians were expelled from the country. He started working in DIY shop. Then joined civil service as Assistant Collector of Taxes with Inland Revenue. He started his family DIY business in 1977 which they closed in 2001.
He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1991 and served the community as a Magistrate for 27 years retiring in May 2018. He is a founding member and currently Chairman of Kadwa Patidar Center. Kansagra is also an approved person to register marriages at Kadwa Patidar Centre and has registered about 300 marriages.
He was first elected a Councillor in the London Borough of Brent in 1998 from Barnhill Ward. He is a Kenton Councillor since 2011, relected in 2014 and 2018. He is the only person of Indian origin to win form the Conservative Party in Brent in 2018 local election.
Suresh studied part time for Criminal Justice and Law and qualified in UK as a Solicitor in 2008 at the age of 60. He married Laxmi in 1977, they have 2 children, Jaymini married to Chitesh Solanki and Jesal married to Amrita and has 2 grand children Kaylan Solanki and Dylan Kansagra