Lib Dems Back Call to Remove Under-Fire Councillor

November 28, 2017 8:49 AM

At its November meeting the Communities Scrutiny Review Board voted to send a motion to the next Full Council meeting, asking for Labour Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz to be removed from this Scrutiny Board, in line with the recommendations of the Council's Standards Committee.

On 18th July 2017 Derby City Council's Standards Committee decided that Labour Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz had breached the Councillors Code of Conduct by giving a character reference on Council headed notepaper for a taxi driver. This was the second time such a reference had been given by Cllr Nawaz, and he had been previously warned by the Council's senior legal officer. The Council's external auditors Grant Thornton cited Cllr Nawaz for interfering with the duties of a Council Officer relating to a taxi licensing matter, in the Public Interest Report they issued in June 2016.

Councillor Ruth Skelton said, "I voted in favour of the motion calling for Cllr Nawaz's removal going to the next Full Council. The Standards Committee unanimously decided that Cllr Nawaz should be removed from all the committees he sits on. The Labour Group should stop defending this bad councillor and do as the Standards Committee has asked."