``A Mayor that won Warrington people’s hearts.``

2016 / 17

Cllr Faisal Rashid

133rd Warrington Mayor and first citizen of Warrington

My love of Warrington and its beautiful people pushed me to bring the community closer, not only for the opportunity to bring people together but also for business initiatives.

With a young family at home and a full time job, I have still managed to dedicate myself to bring a smile on Warrington people’s faces.

My involvement with the community in Warrington, position as borough councillor since 2011 and current Mayoral year have enabled me to become a respected and well-known public figure across all the communities in the town.

Warrington Mayor

During the past year as Warrington Mayor, I have raised my profile significantly through various community initiatives (as can be seen on my social media). I have raised over £60k for my chosen Mayoral charities, significantly more than any of my predecessors.

Throughout my year as Warrington Mayor I have attended hundreds of community/civic engagements and events in every part of Warrington, engaging with residents of all ages and walks of life. For these, I have received many messages of appreciation.

I have greatly enjoyed all this diverse activity which I have shared with the community through my social media channels.


My Mayoral charities were aligned with my vision of bringing more prosperity and care to Warrington.
I feel great pride in picking up diverse charities which are supporting deserving people of Warrington.

I feel proud and blessed with the support I have received in raising record breaking amount of just under £70,000… The highest ever in any Mayoral year in Warrington.


When a child and family attends Brainwave, they spend two days at a centre being assessed by a dedicated team of physio, occupational and educational therapists.

They work to devise a unique programme designed to suit that child’s needs, which will help them to reach their individual milestones from feeding to walking.


A charity that works nationally and internationally for peace and non-violent resolution of conflict.

It delivers unique programmes that focus on young people, from offering general leadership development to working with those who may be vulnerable or at risk of being influenced by extremism.


St Rocco’s Hospice has cared for people with life limiting illnesses in Warrington and their families for more than thirty years.

They are dedicated to helping each patient live their life to the full with respect, dignity and choice and believe in making every day count for everyone – patients, carers, their families and loved ones.


Warrington charities trust aims to provide grant-aid to assist and support small needy charities and voluntary organisations which provide charitable activities in and for the benefit of the inhabitants of Warrington borough, their quality of life and their environment.


A voluntary organisation run predominately by disabled people with the aim of improving the quality of life for disabled people and their families through a range of direct and indirect services.


The Warrington foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area, but part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks.


Warrington’s YMCA is a local charity forming part of the national organisation, looking to help young people with various aspects of their life such as housing, education and advice.


Helping those in need wherever they are, working locally supporting families in crisis with practical aid, and partnering with groups around the country, ensuring all your donations go to the people who need them.


Over his mayoral year, Warrington Mayor Faisal Rashid created many great first of their kind initiatives.


Mayor’s Inaugural Charity Ball

Raising over 12K in one night.


Breaking the Barriers

A flagship event held at Parr Hall where all the mainstream religions and non-faith residents across Warrington attended and appreciated.

Warrington's Got Talent

Warrington’s Got Talent

To encourage Warrington’s gifted individuals and provide a platform to promote their talent.


Interfaith Prayer Event

Held first time at Warrington Town Hall to pray for world peace.


Queen 90th Birthday Garden Party at the Town Hall 

Residents were invited to a garden party at the Town Hall to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.


Multi-Cultural Evening, Walton Hall

A SPECTACULAR evening of food and entertainment from around the world.


Christmas Dinner for the Vulnerable

A SPECIAL Christmas meal was staged for vulnerable ,  homeless and lonely residents at the Town Hall.

Circle future

Circle – The Future

An initiative by the Mayor to help turn Warrington into an entrepreneurs’ hub.


First ever Mayoral Business Seminar

To promote Warrington’s future regeneration and to share innovative business ideas for the town.


Mayor’s Achievement Awards

To recognise the work of unsung heroes of Warrington. This initiative will be a legacy of Cllr Faisal Rashid, Warrington Mayor, and a great gift to the people of Warrington.


Civic Charity Ball

May 12 – A night to remember with the Warrington Mayor.


A new initiative, focusing on Business, Culture & Sport and Charity.

Faisal's mayoral legacy

Circle - The Future

As Warrington Mayor, Faisal launched the initiative, inviting local businesses to sign up to The Circle, to create new opportunities and enhance existing ones while creating a culturally cohesive society.

With the help of business community engagements, it will include Start-up Club, CEO Club, Sector Clubs, Power Series, Social Events, Monthly Newsletter, Charity Events and Support.

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My first involvement in politics was in 2011, when I became a councillor in Whittlehall. What motivated me then still motivates me now: I wanted to work on behalf of the people of Warrington, a place that had made me and my family so welcome when we decided to make it our home many years ago. For 12 months, I was privileged to serve as the Mayor of Warrington. As the first ever Muslim to represent Warrington in both a mayoral capacity and as an MP, I feel truly honoured to have been a small part of Warrington’s history.

​I have often said that serving as the MP for Warrington South has been the honour of my life – losing that privilege on December 12th has certainly been a difficult blow to take. Being in a position to improve the lives of local people was not one I ever took for granted. I will miss the surgeries, school visits, local meetings and constituency work which gave me the chance to improve the lives of my fellow residents. Above all, I will come away from this experience not embittered or disdainful, but grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me by the people of Warrington.

​With that said, serious lessons must be learnt from our defeat at the last election. For too long, towns like Warrington have felt abandoned by the political establishment in Westminster. I hoped that we could change that at the last election by offering real change, but voters simply did not trust us to deliver it.

When knocking doors during the election campaign I heard many concerns from local residents that the Labour Party has to learn from.

Often these criticisms were levelled at our leadership or our Brexit position. We must show humility in the face of this defeat, listen and learn from our mistakes. If we fail to do so, the consequences for the Labour Party, and indeed the future of our country, could be grave.

​As MP, one of the things which inspired me the most was talking to young people in Warrington. I believe that politicians should have future generations at the forefront of every decision they make. As we enter a new decade, I hope our political leaders can do future generations justice by offering them a bright future and a society that works for everyone.

To this end, I will continue to be active in politics, to try and shape the future of Warrington in whatever way I can.

Finally, I want to thank those of you who placed their faith in me over the last two and a half years, in both the 2017 and 2019 elections. Life under this Government will remain difficult for the poorest and most vulnerable in our community, and we must be there to stand up for them when it does.

It has been an absolute privilege to serve the people of Warrington South – I remain as determined as ever in our fight against injustice and for the town that I love.

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