Suspended Pendle ward councillor defects to the Tories

Coun Abdul Aziz

Coun Abdul Aziz

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A PENDLE councillor has defected to the Conservatives after being suspended by the Labour Group.

Coun Abdul Aziz, who represents the Walverden ward, in Nelson, resigned his membership of the Labour Party last week following the suspension earlier this year.

Labour Group leader Coun Mohammed Iqbal said he had been suspended because he was in ‘disrepute’ with the Labour Party, while Coun Aziz said he thought the group was being run like a ‘dictatorship’.

He said: “I woke up and saw Pendle Labour for what it is.

“They run their councillors like a dictatorship.

“You aren’t allowed an opinion, or to disagree, or you’ll be sidelined.

“This happened to me and I had the party whip removed.

“That isn’t what I was elected for.

“I stood up for what I believed in and they didn’t like it.

“I wanted the voice of the residents to be heard, and the Conservatives are the party to allow me to do that.

“I have been considering my position for some time now, and have regularly been meeting local MP Andrew Stephenson, and leader of the council Joe Cooney, over a period of months.

“Nobody is working as hard for Pendle as the two of them.

“They are the best people to take Pendle forwards, and I want to be part of that progression.”

Coun Iqbal challenged Coun Aziz to resign and fight a by-election.

He said: “Coun Aziz was suspended for an indefinite period a number of months ago for actions which had brought him into disrepute with the Labour Group.

“I would challenge him to resign and fight a by-election on his new party’s platform.

“Let the people of Walverden decide if he is worthy to represent them.”

Coun Aziz’s defection takes the size of the Conservative Group to 19, and to its highest level in 30 years.

Coun Cooney said: “The Conservative group whole-heartedly welcomes Coun Aziz, who I have got to know personally as someone who is genuine, and has the interests of his electorate at heart.

“It is clear to see there are many disaffected Labour councillors in Pendle, and we extend a hand of friendship to them if they want to be part of the progression, and improving this borough for everyone in it.”

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9:21pm Mon 9 Sep 13

pip-pip says...

Was Nelson once called Little Moscow?
Was Nelson once called Little Moscow? pip-pip
  • Score: 0

9:26pm Mon 9 Sep 13

ste.g says...

obviously not very loyal
obviously not very loyal ste.g
  • Score: 4

10:00pm Mon 9 Sep 13

madmurphy says...

ste.g wrote:
obviously not very loyal
Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: obviously not very loyal[/p][/quote]Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be? madmurphy
  • Score: -1

10:14pm Mon 9 Sep 13

Interocitor says...

There should be a council by-election. He was elected on a Labour Party ticket, not a Tory one. Same goes for anyone who jumps into bed with another political party. Either do the honourable thing and force another election, or at the very least, serve your time out as an independent.
There should be a council by-election. He was elected on a Labour Party ticket, not a Tory one. Same goes for anyone who jumps into bed with another political party. Either do the honourable thing and force another election, or at the very least, serve your time out as an independent. Interocitor
  • Score: 21

11:07pm Mon 9 Sep 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
madmurphy wrote:
ste.g wrote:
obviously not very loyal
Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?
What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.
i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read
"pull the other one, its got...."
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madmurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: obviously not very loyal[/p][/quote]Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?[/p][/quote]What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.[/p][/quote]i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read "pull the other one, its got...." hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -6

11:33pm Mon 9 Sep 13

Reality50 says...

Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes.
Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes. Reality50
  • Score: 20

5:41am Tue 10 Sep 13

SWP supporter says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
madmurphy wrote:
ste.g wrote:
obviously not very loyal
Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?
What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.
i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read
"pull the other one, its got...."
Sorry you're wrong - in this context "it's" is correct, being short for "it has", not for the possessive "its"
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madmurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: obviously not very loyal[/p][/quote]Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?[/p][/quote]What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.[/p][/quote]i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read "pull the other one, its got...."[/p][/quote]Sorry you're wrong - in this context "it's" is correct, being short for "it has", not for the possessive "its" SWP supporter
  • Score: 7

7:17am Tue 10 Sep 13

doggydog says...

turncoat springs to mind and should not be allowed to stand for anyone
turncoat springs to mind and should not be allowed to stand for anyone doggydog
  • Score: 10

10:22pm Tue 10 Sep 13

ste.g says...

Reality50 wrote:
Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes.
try ukip
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes.[/p][/quote]try ukip ste.g
  • Score: -1

10:27pm Tue 10 Sep 13

ste.g says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Chris P Bacon wrote:
madmurphy wrote:
ste.g wrote:
obviously not very loyal
Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?
What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.
i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read
"pull the other one, its got...."
i prefer crispys opinion.....
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madmurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: obviously not very loyal[/p][/quote]Reading the story I would say not very loyal to the Labour party, but very loyal to the people he wishes to represent. Is this not how it should be?[/p][/quote]What a loadyshite. He's anywhere for a jam butty that chancer. He gets righteously suspended and then claims HE'S in the right and THEY'RE in the wrong! Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.[/p][/quote]i know you are fussy......just to let you know that your text should read "pull the other one, its got...."[/p][/quote]i prefer crispys opinion..... ste.g
  • Score: 0

3:26am Wed 11 Sep 13

SWP supporter says...

Reality50 wrote:
Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes.
People of Asian heritage are also working class.
You don't help the working class by turning one group against another. Didn't you ever hear of "an injury to one is an injury to all", or "solidarity"
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: Labour and the Tories chasing the Asian vote while all the parties ignore the native working class. Amazes me how all the parties feel they can ignore 30 million of the population. Not one mainstream party out there has any loyalty to the working classes.[/p][/quote]People of Asian heritage are also working class. You don't help the working class by turning one group against another. Didn't you ever hear of "an injury to one is an injury to all", or "solidarity" SWP supporter
  • Score: 2

5:18am Wed 11 Sep 13

Timefor says...

Reckon Reality50 is bob on with the comments made so far. The sooner any party stands up for ordinary people rather than a chosen few, then the sooner this country will be a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live - for all.
Reckon Reality50 is bob on with the comments made so far. The sooner any party stands up for ordinary people rather than a chosen few, then the sooner this country will be a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live - for all. Timefor
  • Score: 0

5:31am Wed 11 Sep 13

SWP supporter says...

Timefor wrote:
Reckon Reality50 is bob on with the comments made so far. The sooner any party stands up for ordinary people rather than a chosen few, then the sooner this country will be a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live - for all.
Asian people ARE "ordinary" people. Only scabs want to exclude part of the working class
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: Reckon Reality50 is bob on with the comments made so far. The sooner any party stands up for ordinary people rather than a chosen few, then the sooner this country will be a happier, healthier and more prosperous place to live - for all.[/p][/quote]Asian people ARE "ordinary" people. Only scabs want to exclude part of the working class SWP supporter
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Wed 11 Sep 13

woolywords says...

There's nothing stopping Cllr Aziz doing what he has done and this puts him in the company of Churchill, who did the same. Am sure that we shall hear more of his reasons in the coming months, as he uses any opportunity to do so in open chamber or the press. Only then can the voters judge him either as a traitor to the cause or a man of moral principles.
All too often councillors are elected to serve the people in a ward, only to be compelled to serve against their ward interests, by a party line. Anyone not toeing this line is subject to all sorts of shenanigans and either complies like a sheep or does the right thing and rebel.
Cllr Aziz should set out why he has done this and let people see for themselves what has actually occurred here. You never know, those loyal Labour voters, of whom it is said, 'would elect a monkey if it were put up by the party', may see sense in his argument and get rid of the others.
There's nothing stopping Cllr Aziz doing what he has done and this puts him in the company of Churchill, who did the same. Am sure that we shall hear more of his reasons in the coming months, as he uses any opportunity to do so in open chamber or the press. Only then can the voters judge him either as a traitor to the cause or a man of moral principles. All too often councillors are elected to serve the people in a ward, only to be compelled to serve against their ward interests, by a party line. Anyone not toeing this line is subject to all sorts of shenanigans and either complies like a sheep or does the right thing and rebel. Cllr Aziz should set out why he has done this and let people see for themselves what has actually occurred here. You never know, those loyal Labour voters, of whom it is said, 'would elect a monkey if it were put up by the party', may see sense in his argument and get rid of the others. woolywords
  • Score: 0

4:31am Thu 12 Sep 13

Timefor says...

Exactly the point SWPand the sooner all ordinary people are put first and business focus is to create better and healthier communities rather than to line the pockets of the chosen few then the better off everyone will be. Not sure of the reason for the capital letters in your post.
Exactly the point SWPand the sooner all ordinary people are put first and business focus is to create better and healthier communities rather than to line the pockets of the chosen few then the better off everyone will be. Not sure of the reason for the capital letters in your post. Timefor
  • Score: 0

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