Labour finally remove sanctioned councillor - from just ONE of their three jobs

November 16, 2017 3:37 PM

Four months after a Labour councillor was found to have breached the Council's code of conduct, he has finally agreed to step down - from just one of the three committees to which he was appointed.

Labour councillor Gulfraz Nawaz was sanctioned in July by the council's standards committee for giving a reference to a taxi driver who had previous criminal convictions.

As part of this sanctioning, council leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait was formally recommended to remove Cllr Nawaz - originally elected with the help of electoral fraud that saw people receive criminal convictions - from "any or all council committees or sub-committees". Yet, four months later and after mounting pressure, Cllr Nawaz has only now been removed from a single committee - and retains leadership of one committee which pays him a £7,500 allowance.

Cllr Ruth Skelton said "No company would accept this level of behaviour and neither should the people of Derby. Cllr Nawaz was clearly found to have broken the rules. All councillors were formally informed some time ago that they shouldn't give references without the permission of the Council's legal officer.

"Labour have dragged their feet and only done part of what they were asked to. Cllr Banwait and Labour should stop defending a badly flawed councillor and remove him from his positions of authority, as they were asked to do four months ago."