|Preceded by Joanna Clason|
Succeeded by Andy Wilson
Parents Late Sharatchandra Patil
|Name Neeraj Patil|
|Children 2, Nikita Patil & Divya Patil|
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
Residence Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
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.
He is a consultant 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.
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. 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.
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.