Nigerian, Elected Into UK’s Co-operative Party’s NEC
By Danjuma Abdullahi
One year after becoming the Elected Member, representing Little London, Woodhouse & the City Centre in the Leeds Central Constituency of Leeds City Council, Mrs. Abigail Marshall Katung has again won another election onto the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Co-operative Party in the United Kingdom, representing Yorkshire & Humberside.
Mrs. Katung defeated Ms Cheryl Barrot who was the representative for the last two terms and was standing for the third term.
The Little London, Woodhouse & City Centre Ward Councillor, will represent Yorkshire and Humber on the NEC. Mrs Abigail Marshall Katung is a Co-operative & Labour Councillor and won her Council election on that platform.
Mrs. Katung is the wife to the running mate of Kaduna State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Candidate in the last 2019 General election, Barr. Sunday Marshall Katung. Mrs Katung, holds a Master’s degree from the University of Leeds where she studied Development studies.
As the first African to be elected onto the Leeds City Council in May 2019, Mrs. Katung is currently the Lead member for Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the Council and the Executive Support Member for Learning, Skills & Employment. She joined the first meeting of the Co-operative BAME movement to encourage good and diverse representation.
According to Katung “I love our socialist cooperative model and I am certain I will bring my passion and energy to the NEC. I will support the Party’s strategy and forward plans in consultation with the General Secretary whilst ensuring I remain a strong and invaluable voice in the Labour Party for our amazing Coop values especially in decentralisation and International partnerships,”
Mrs. Katung and other newly elected NEC members will take up their post in October 2020. Serving a 3 year term.