Five Labour councillors deselected ahead of next year's elections

The Northern Echo: Deselected Middlesbrough labour councillor Pervaz Khan Deselected Middlesbrough labour councillor Pervaz Khan

THE Labour party has deselected five Middlesbrough councillors after undergoing an interview process with local activists.

The five - Councillor Len Junier, who represents North Ormesby and Brambles Farm ward; Councillor Pervaz Khan, who represents Middlehaven ward, Councillor Sajaad Khan, who represents Gresham ward; Councillor Derek Loughborough, who represents North Ormesby and Brambles Farm ward; and Councillor John McPartland, who represents Middlehaven ward - will continue to work as councillors until the May 2015 election.

Steve Cass, chairman of Middlesbrough’s Local Campaign Forum which is the body charged with organising the interview and selections process for Labour Party candidates, said: “The process of selecting Labour’s candidates for local elections is still ongoing and those who are unsuccessful have a right to appeal, meaning it would be unfair to comment on individual cases.

“Interviews of those wishing to stand for Labour have been carried out by members from both Middlesbrough and from outside of the borough.”

Coun Pervaz Khan and Coun Loughborough were suspended last year over claims they had paid people to join the party.

After an investigation by the national Labour Party, their “administrative suspensions” were later lifted.

Coun McPartland is the longest-serving councillor out of the five.

He represented the Park ward from 1983, then Kader ward from 1999. He began work in the Middlehaven ward in 2003.

Coun Junier is the second longest-serving after becoming a councillor in 2009.

Coun Pervaz Khan has been a councillor since 2006, Coun Sajaad Khan since 2011 and Coun Loughborough since 2012.

All five councilors, who are entitled to challenge the decision, declined to comment on their de-selection.

Last year, a Boundary Commission review has decided that the people of Middlesbrough will be represented by two fewer councillors from 2015.

The announcement followed a 12-week consultation on its draft proposals to redraw ward boundaries and reduce the total number of elected members from 48 to 46.

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6:28pm Sun 23 Mar 14

oliviaden6 says...

What chance have the voters got LABOUR CANNOT AGREE among themselves let alone agree a strategy going forward. They have two of the ED's all they need now is the third Mister ED?
What chance have the voters got LABOUR CANNOT AGREE among themselves let alone agree a strategy going forward. They have two of the ED's all they need now is the third Mister ED? oliviaden6
  • Score: 5

8:58pm Sun 23 Mar 14

behonest says...

If your faces don't fit any more lads, why not stand as Independents? That would wind up the Labour Party machine!
If your faces don't fit any more lads, why not stand as Independents? That would wind up the Labour Party machine! behonest
  • Score: -3

9:02pm Sun 23 Mar 14

spragger says...

'Coun Pervaz Khan and Coun Loughborough were suspended last year over claims they had paid people to join the party.'

So the Labour Party is that popular!

One thought the benefits bribe was enough!
'Coun Pervaz Khan and Coun Loughborough were suspended last year over claims they had paid people to join the party.' So the Labour Party is that popular! One thought the benefits bribe was enough! spragger
  • Score: 7

9:47pm Sun 23 Mar 14

mallymole says...

the five councillors that have been suspended from the m/bro; i wonder if this has anything to-do with them speaking out about the way this council is run & the mayor, also that they do-not toe the line as well;
the five councillors that have been suspended from the m/bro; i wonder if this has anything to-do with them speaking out about the way this council is run & the mayor, also that they do-not toe the line as well; mallymole
  • Score: -3

10:08pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Dierdre says...

mallymole wrote:
the five councillors that have been suspended from the m/bro; i wonder if this has anything to-do with them speaking out about the way this council is run & the mayor, also that they do-not toe the line as well;
No it's nothing to do with that. Surely you know that if you do not vote the way Labour tell you to or say what Labour tell you to say - then it's curtains for you. They are well aware of this when they stand for council. Go take a look at Niorth Ormesby and Brambles Farm - and see what a dreadful job they have made in "looking after" them. Two of them were guilty of offering to pay Labour dues if people would join their party - do you really want tht type of cllrs for your area?
[quote][p][bold]mallymole[/bold] wrote: the five councillors that have been suspended from the m/bro; i wonder if this has anything to-do with them speaking out about the way this council is run & the mayor, also that they do-not toe the line as well;[/p][/quote]No it's nothing to do with that. Surely you know that if you do not vote the way Labour tell you to or say what Labour tell you to say - then it's curtains for you. They are well aware of this when they stand for council. Go take a look at Niorth Ormesby and Brambles Farm - and see what a dreadful job they have made in "looking after" them. Two of them were guilty of offering to pay Labour dues if people would join their party - do you really want tht type of cllrs for your area? Dierdre
  • Score: 4

10:11pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Dierdre says...

behonest wrote:
If your faces don't fit any more lads, why not stand as Independents? That would wind up the Labour Party machine!
If they wanted to represent the residents first and foremost instead of representing a politicla party - they would have stood as Independents in the first palce. They go where the money is - it's as simple as that. Go take a look at the MBC web site and see how much Labour councillors claim of us.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: If your faces don't fit any more lads, why not stand as Independents? That would wind up the Labour Party machine![/p][/quote]If they wanted to represent the residents first and foremost instead of representing a politicla party - they would have stood as Independents in the first palce. They go where the money is - it's as simple as that. Go take a look at the MBC web site and see how much Labour councillors claim of us. Dierdre
  • Score: 2

10:16pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Dierdre says...

It stated that Councillor Junier is the second longest serving one - elected in 2009 - then it states Pervaz Khan was elected in 2006 ! Mbro had elections in 2007 and 2011 !
It stated that Councillor Junier is the second longest serving one - elected in 2009 - then it states Pervaz Khan was elected in 2006 ! Mbro had elections in 2007 and 2011 ! Dierdre
  • Score: 4

8:20am Mon 24 Mar 14

Boro and Proud says...

This is the problem with local politics. The national parties get involved and all not just Labour have a hidden agenda. Is it now time we took national politics out of local government and let the local people run the area they live in. In Middlesbrough people who care more about the area they live cannot do a worse job than the Labour party who have ruined this town. It is a great town on the decline Thank you Len Junier, Pervaz Khan, Sajaad Khan,Derek Loughborough, and John McPartland. Now please lever our town and let people who care about the place try to put right what you have destroyed over the years you have been in power
This is the problem with local politics. The national parties get involved and all not just Labour have a hidden agenda. Is it now time we took national politics out of local government and let the local people run the area they live in. In Middlesbrough people who care more about the area they live cannot do a worse job than the Labour party who have ruined this town. It is a great town on the decline Thank you Len Junier, Pervaz Khan, Sajaad Khan,Derek Loughborough, and John McPartland. Now please lever our town and let people who care about the place try to put right what you have destroyed over the years you have been in power Boro and Proud
  • Score: 7

10:42am Mon 24 Mar 14

Dierdre says...

Boro and Proud wrote:
This is the problem with local politics. The national parties get involved and all not just Labour have a hidden agenda. Is it now time we took national politics out of local government and let the local people run the area they live in. In Middlesbrough people who care more about the area they live cannot do a worse job than the Labour party who have ruined this town. It is a great town on the decline Thank you Len Junier, Pervaz Khan, Sajaad Khan,Derek Loughborough, and John McPartland. Now please lever our town and let people who care about the place try to put right what you have destroyed over the years you have been in power
Boro and proud - totally agree and there are several more who should go with them.
[quote][p][bold]Boro and Proud[/bold] wrote: This is the problem with local politics. The national parties get involved and all not just Labour have a hidden agenda. Is it now time we took national politics out of local government and let the local people run the area they live in. In Middlesbrough people who care more about the area they live cannot do a worse job than the Labour party who have ruined this town. It is a great town on the decline Thank you Len Junier, Pervaz Khan, Sajaad Khan,Derek Loughborough, and John McPartland. Now please lever our town and let people who care about the place try to put right what you have destroyed over the years you have been in power[/p][/quote]Boro and proud - totally agree and there are several more who should go with them. Dierdre
  • Score: 7

12:28pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Claude Ted says...

The eal test is what improvements over the last couple of decades has this group made to Middlesbrough.
Frankly they seem to be less than useless, they are in the main grossly unqualified to do the job we pay them for & it seems under Mallon they have turned on each other.
The revelations in this town of Labour councillers paying for votes, the involvement with the CPA & the scandalous waste of resources is beyond parody.
We have a Mayor that was indicted on 14 disciplinary charges & kicked out of the police force, a CPA chairman & Labour councillor convicted of a criminal offence & the disgrace that is Sacristy.
The Mayor, the PCC & a few others didn't want Sacristy just like Bell didn't see a need for the investigation into MPs expenses.
Sacristy exposed a scandalous state of affairs despite the CPS not having the guts to prosecute.
MBC have under Mallon laid waste to large areas of the town & handed out grants for what appears to be pointless projects that lack proper business scrutiny.
The voters in this town deserve far better than they get from this motley crew.
They have had their chance & there seems no reason to keep them running the town with their track record.
The eal test is what improvements over the last couple of decades has this group made to Middlesbrough. Frankly they seem to be less than useless, they are in the main grossly unqualified to do the job we pay them for & it seems under Mallon they have turned on each other. The revelations in this town of Labour councillers paying for votes, the involvement with the CPA & the scandalous waste of resources is beyond parody. We have a Mayor that was indicted on 14 disciplinary charges & kicked out of the police force, a CPA chairman & Labour councillor convicted of a criminal offence & the disgrace that is Sacristy. The Mayor, the PCC & a few others didn't want Sacristy just like Bell didn't see a need for the investigation into MPs expenses. Sacristy exposed a scandalous state of affairs despite the CPS not having the guts to prosecute. MBC have under Mallon laid waste to large areas of the town & handed out grants for what appears to be pointless projects that lack proper business scrutiny. The voters in this town deserve far better than they get from this motley crew. They have had their chance & there seems no reason to keep them running the town with their track record. Claude Ted
  • Score: 6

12:34pm Mon 24 Mar 14

loan_star says...

Problem is that despite the obvious fact that these councillors are not up to the job the people who live round there will only vote labour. Until people change voting habits then you will have to put up with the same old ****!
Problem is that despite the obvious fact that these councillors are not up to the job the people who live round there will only vote labour. Until people change voting habits then you will have to put up with the same old ****! loan_star
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Dierdre says...

They knew the rules when they stood for election - back Labour or else. Since they have objected in public to decisions made and appprioved by Labour then the honourable thing to do was to have resigned. |Instead they stayed and took the money - thousands of it.
They knew the rules when they stood for election - back Labour or else. Since they have objected in public to decisions made and appprioved by Labour then the honourable thing to do was to have resigned. |Instead they stayed and took the money - thousands of it. Dierdre
  • Score: 7

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