Wycombe Labour's Deputy Group Leader Cllr Khalil Ahmed called for the leader of Wycombe District Council to step aside as leader as an act of belated sense duty for her failure to reveal the true cost of the bungled ANPR system.
Councillor Khalil Ahmed, Labour’s Councillor for Disraeli, asked the leader a question during a Full Council meeting last night,
"In light of the recent Bucks Free Press article relating to the loss of revenue through uncollected fines from the now defunct ANPR system, can the leader explain to the public as to why we are having to find out about the true cost of the failed project via FOI's and could she also comment on why a full inquiry was not deemed appropriate to dispel any theories of a cover up regarding the actual about lost?"
The leader's response was a repeat of the answer previously given when she was challenged by the Labour councillor for failing to carry out the necessary due diligence before implementation of the ill-fated ANPR system and assertions that the cabinet member was incompetent and negligent in her duty. Cllr Ahmed went on to say
The leader's comments in last weeks Bucks Free Press article refer to the ANPR system as 'old news' and frankly this is appalling, to say the least. Considering that the leader decided to reshuffle her cabinet and opted to replace the Cabinet Member for Environment Services, clearly, this was an acknowledgement of failure within her own team and would it not have been fairer if she too had considered her position as leader, through a belated sense of duty?
This prompted a very angry response from Cllr Katrina Woods who denied the claim that the ANPR system as a fiasco as alleged by Cllr Ahmed.
Now it looks as though Wycombe Labour was right all along ever since the issue was highlighted nearly two years ago. Cllr Ahmed and his colleagues were prevented from raising this issue initially due to the legal challenge mounted by WDC against the government. After losing this challenge at the cost of thousands of pounds, WDC were then confronted not only by Wycombe Labour but the BFP also, after their investigation into the ANPR system.
In light of everything that has unfolded and the huge waste of tapaers money, the leader of WDC has no confidence left from the people she stands to represent and therefore should resign.
Wycombe Labour's Deputy Group Leader Cllr Khalil Ahmed called for the leader of WycombeDistrict Council to step aside as leader as an act of belated sense duty for her failure...
Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has been really, really hard work. I have been working very hard in the community and I have had a great team behind me for the last three months. Now it is my chance to pay them back for their support and the faith that had in me. I will do my very best for the people of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield!"
This is proof, along with major increases in our vote share in key Electoral Divisions, that Wycombe Labour is fully ready to take on Steve Baker in June's General Election. Our communities need the strong and principled representation which Steve Baker has failed to provide. Our candidate, Cllr. Rafiq Raja, is determined to improve the lives of families across Wycombe and with the boost we've received from yesterday's result, we will get out there in big numbers and fight for him to be elected as Wycombe's next MP!
Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has...
The Wycombe Labour Party is delighted to announce that District Councillor, Rafiq Raja, will be standing as our Parliamentary Candidate in the Wycombe constituency for the General Election on 8th June.
Cllr. Raja said he's "immensely proud to have been chosen to stand for the Labour Party in the Wycombe constituency."
"Wycombe is an incredibly beautiful place with a good mix of people. It needs good quality public services and infrastructure to face the challenges of the future. A close link to the EU is essential to protect our economy and wellbeing rather than an ideologically driven hard Brexit."
Cllr. Raja was first elected to Wycombe District Council in 2003 and was elected again two years ago. He's been a School Governor since 1984, a Trustee of the Cressex Co-operative Learning Trust, the Chairman of the High Wycombe Muslim Parents Association and was the founding secretary of a self-help bereavement society.
The Wycombe Labour Party is looking forward to fighting this election to put our principles into practice. Please message us through Facebook if you'd like to volunteer by leafleting, canvassing, attending a street stall or even having a poster or Correx board outside your house!