Five Labour councillors fail reselection ahead of local elections

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:37 05 October 2010

FIVE Labour councillors have failed to be reselected ahead of local elections this May.

By Else Kvist

FIVE Labour councillors have failed to be reselected ahead of local elections this May.

The Tower Hamlets Labour Party was put under "special measures" by the London regional Labour Party following allegations of membership abuse over the way ward candidates were voted in. A regional board is now in charge of the selection process.

A Labour insider told the Advertiser Whitechapel councillor Waiseul Islam, Limehouse councillor Mohammed Shahid Ali, Bethnal Green South councillor Salim Ullah, Bow councillor Alex Heslop, and Weavers councillor Fazlul Haque have not been reselected.

Cllr Islam also stands to lose his post as Olympic Ambassador, a councillor role created last year, if he loses his seat.

But a regional party spokesman said the process was not yet complete and that although some councillors had not been reselected they may still be offered a seat in another ward.

Cllr Heslop confirmed he had not been reselected for his current seat, but declined to comment. Cllr Haque also confirmed he had not selected, saying: "I'm disappointed, I didn't expect it."

It had been rumoured former mayor Mohammad Salique would be deselected but he has kept his seat.

Mile End and Globe Town councillor Claire Hawkins is understood to have voluntarily stepped down.

There were 137 applications, 51 of which are still being considered for the 33 Labour seats.

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