Neeraj Patil

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Neeraj Patil
ಡಾ. ನೀರಜ್ ಪಾಟೀಲ್
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Lambeth Borough Councillor
for Larkhall Ward
In office
4 May 2006 – 22 May 2014
Preceded by Joanna Clason
Succeeded by Andy Wilson
Personal details
Born Gulbarga, Karnataka, India[1]
Children 2, Nikita Patil & Divya Patil
Parents Late Sharatchandra Patil
Dr. Parvati Devi Patil
Residence Lambeth, UK
Alma mater M. R. Medical College
FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Occupation Mayor of The London Borough of Lambeth (2010-2011)
Awards Karnataka Rajyotsava Award
Aryabhata Award

Cllr Dr. Neeraj Patil (Kannada: ಡಾ. ನೀರಜ್ ಪಾಟೀಲ್), a doctor of Indian origin, was the Mayor of Lambeth from 2010-2011. He was the borough's first Mayor of Asian origin.[2]

He is a consultant[3] in Accident and Emergency Medicine who completed his fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He served as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Worthing Hospital and was a member of KWASH campaign to save the Emergency services at Worthing General Hospital.

He was first elected as a Labour Councillor for the Larkhall ward in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. During his mayoralty, he received Pope Benedict XVI during his official visit to London on 18 September 2010.

He was shortlisted with Sadiq Khan and Tessa Jowell for the Labour party's nomination to run for Mayor of London in May 2015, but lost to Khan.[citation needed]

Dr Patil is from the Indian state of Karnataka. In 2008 he was awarded the "The Rajyotsava Award" by the Government of Karnataka for promoting Accountable Democracy in India.[4] Dr. Patil took the initiative to erect the statue of the 12th century philosopher and founder of Indian Democracy, Lord Basavanna installed at the Albert Embankment Gardens in the London Borough of Lambeth with the support of London-based Pakistani-Muslim community and British Indian community of, South London.[5]

He met the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 24 March 2015 and persuaded him to unveil the statue during his state visit to the UK. The Prime Minister of India on the request of Dr Patil unveiled the statue of Basaveshwara over looking the big ben bell and British Parliament on 14 November 2015.

Neeraj Patil was the first Kannadiga to run for the British Parliament. He fought in Putney and lost to Education Secretary Justine Greening by 1554 votes. Dr Patil achieved a swing of 10.2% in favour of the Labour Party.[6]

Political positions[edit]

  • Mayor of the London Borough of Lambeth - 2010-2011,
  • Lambeth Councillor, elected in 2006 and 2010
  • Governor of Kings College Hospital-2006-2007,
  • Governor of St Thomas Hospital- 2008-2010,
  • Member of National Policy Forum, Labour Party 2013-2015,
  • Member of National Executive BAME Labour 2009-2013,
  • Member of NRI Forum Karnataka 2007-2010,


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