Unmesh Desai

Unmesh Desai
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Member of the London Assembly
for City and East
Assumed office
7 May 2016
Preceded byJohn Biggs
Newham London Borough Councillor
for East Ham Central
Assumed office
May 2002
Personal details
Political partyLabour

Unmesh Desai is a British Labour Party politician. Since May 2016 he has represented City and East in the London Assembly. He has been a councillor on the Newham London Borough Council since 1998, representing East Ham Central since 2002. He also served as Cabinet Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in the borough until June 2016, when he stepped down to focus on his London Assembly work.


Desai has resided in East London for more than 30 years. He previously trained and worked as a solicitor. He is a trustee of the West Ham United Foundation, President of the Newham Cricket Club and a Vice-President of the East London Rugby Club. Desai acted as election agent for Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham.[1] He has written for The Guardian on the Prevent strategy.[2] Desai has also been the Chair of the Newham Fabian Society for several years.

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