Tributes have been paid to a Walthamstow councillor who died suddenly aged 34.
Nadeem Ali was a Labour councillor for the William Morris ward and had previously served as mayor of Waltham Forest between 2013 and 2014. He was first elected in 2010.
Waltham Forest Council leader Chris Robbins paid tribute to Nadeem and said: “We were deeply saddened to learn that Councillor Nadeem Ali tragically passed away on Saturday 13th May, aged just 34. Our thoughts are with his family.
“He was incredibly passionate about local issues and helping the community, and was an excellent ambassador for the borough. He will be greatly missed in Waltham Forest.”
Nadeem became the youngest mayor to complete a full term of office in 2014. His chosen charities for his mayoralty were the Young People’s Programme at William Morris Gallery and the Gastroenterology and Respiratory Unit at Whipps Cross Hospital.
Nadeem’s father, Liaquat Ali, is still a serving councillor in the borough. The council has opened a book of condolence in the reception area of Waltham Forest Town Hall, which anyone is welcome to come in and sign.
Stella Creasy, who was first elected Walthamstow MP the same year Nadeem became a councillor, said: “Nadeem was incredibly proud of his home town, and a passionate advocate for the Labour Party too. His many friends and family in our community are devastated by his untimely death and understandably distraught.
“As well as being a well-known and active figure in our local area, Nadeem was proud of his faith and a regular and powerful reciter of the Qu’ran at religious and community events. I shall personally miss his good humour as well as his kindness in his friendship, and I know many in Walthamstow will be thinking of his wife, family and friends at this difficult time.”