Valda Loiuse James Became the Mayor Of Islington in 1988. She became the first black woman to be elected to Islington Council.Born in 1928, Valda came to Britain in 1961 and raised her children alone in some condition of poverty. to support her family she was working in the Catering Industry, Nursing and Dressmaking.
In 1986 she became the first black woman to be elected to Islington Council, where she applied her knowledge and experience of being a single parent to her work on the Social Services committee.
Just two years later she rose to position of Mayor and her daughter took the post of Deputy Mayor.