Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Absent councillor: Should there have been a council by-election in Stonebridge?

The following has been posted on Facebook by Frank Downes. It appears to refer to Cllr Sabina Khan who some sources claim has not been resident in Brent for more than a year. Stonebridge is one of the most economically and socially deprived wards in London and needs and deserves committed and energetic representation from its councillors. It has already seen the closure of Stonebridge Adventure Playground and currently residents are campaigning against the unpopular redevelopment of Bridge Park.

Downes writes:
As Secretary of Stonebridge Labour Party, I was faced with a very difficult time, not helped by any faction of the party that I have been a paid member of, and supported for over 30 years.

At the last local elections a female candidate was foisted upon us. Arguments against this imposition were ignored. The rules were quite clear and accepted, we had to have a female candidate, our argument was, yes but just not this one. The lady in question was duly elected, and for the first 12 months or so had very little interaction with the community. 

In the second year we were told that she could not carry out her duties because of family problems. Fair enough grant her time to see if she can learn to cope, but then came the unexpected. She informed us that she was unable to carry out her duties for the rest of her term, and that she would not be standing for reselection. 

Presuming that she would do the right thing and resign so that a by-election could be filled to replace her I left thing ride until the next scheduled meeting. When asked Cllr Muhammed Butt informed me personally that she refuses to resign and will have to wait until 2018 to replace her as there was nothing he or the party could do. Oddly enough she has continued to collect her expenses for the last 2 years. Question: if she is not carrying out her duties, what expenses is she incurring?
This is an extract from Khan's attendance record which shows that she was absent for 67% of the meetings that she should have attended. However her November 6th attendances mean that she has escaped disqualification.


Cllr Khan's  business interests are registered as KS Enterprises E1 2LH and Romna Gate Restaurant in Southgare. Her 'land interest' which is usually the family home, is also in Southgate,

I understand that another councillor in neighbouring Harlesden has moved to Luton but is still active in the Harlesden community and has an 83% attendance record for meetings he was expected to attend.

13 comments:

  1. If she has not been carrying out her duties as a councillor for the people of Stonebridge, she should not have been paid her £10k a year members allowance. Simple!!!

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  2. There were comments about this in response to a blog about two months ago:
    https://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/now-duffy-asks-about-missing-councillor.html

    Cllr. John Duffy had raised questions over this "missing councillor" in a letter to the Chair of the Council's Standards Committee, Cllr. James Allie. Did Cllr. Allie ever reply, and if so, what did he say?

    The minutes of the Standards Committee meeting on 28 September have now appeared on the Council's website (as part of its agenda for its next meeting on 27 November), but do not include any mention of this point being raised with the Chair. Instead, the main item at that meeting appeared to be to express further concerns over Cllr. Duffy's own conduct!

    Philip.

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  3. It is typically disingenuous for Butt to claim there is nothing he could do. Sabina Khan was appointed to the Licensing Committee for the sole reason of preventing a by-election under the six month rule. A meeting of the Licensing Committee was called purely for her to attend and tick the attendance box. Absolutely no business was conducted. Butt protects Khan because she is politically loyal to him. Lest we forget he was actively lobbying for her to be Chair of the Scrutiny Committee.

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    1. Yes, and despite knowing that she refused to resign, even though she wasnt caarying out her duties, Butt and the Labour whip were happy to give apologies from her for meetings she didnt attend, to cover up for her.

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    2. Chair of Scrutiny Committee!!! That would suit Mo, as he doesnt want anyone checking on him.

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  4. Sam Stopp hasn't been doing anything for Wembley Central for the past year either. That £10k could've actually made a difference if allocated elsewhere..

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  5. Disgraceful conduct again by the so-called Labour party in Brent. Its time to hold these people to account!

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  6. That’s what we get if voters give the council a blank-cheque majority for a one-party system: you get no accountability!

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  7. Pretty unfair to say Stopp hasn't done anything for wembley, what about his speech on the tottenham-wembley issue?

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    1. One speech doesn't earn him a £10k salary. As far as I'm aware he hasn't stepped foot or even spoken to a resident of Wembley Central recently. He's only ever been interested in himself.

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    2. Dear Anonymous (24 November at 20:07),

      I wonder how many Brent residents could say the same about their local councillors?

      We all need to think carefully about which candidates we vote for (or avoid voting for) to represent us in next May's Council elections.

      Just "ticking a box" because we have always voted for this or that "Party" is no longer a safe option - look carefully at the individual people, and decide who you feel you can trust to do a difficult job honestly, and in local people's best interests.

      Philip.

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  8. Yes well Stopp probably is too busy fighting sexism allegations:

    https://twitter.com/annaphillips_/status/926174964277006336
    https://twitter.com/EmmaWarren90/status/928749451480567809
    https://twitter.com/stavvers/status/912002362247663616

    Oh and the racism too:
    https://twitter.com/PukkahPunjabi/status/912008364938407936

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    1. It's terrible that I'm not even surprised! Let's hope they're now dealt with appropriately.

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