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Nottingham Post
Joshua Hartley

Nottingham councillor mysteriously expelled from Labour Party and will not be candidate in election

A Nottingham councillor has been mysteriously expelled from the Labour Party. Councillor Hassan Ahmed, who represents the Radford ward on Nottingham City Council, was expelled from the Labour Party yesterday (Wednesday, March 22), a spokesperson has confirmed.

The reason for his expulsion has not yet been explained. A Labour spokesperson also confirmed that he would not be standing as one of their candidates in the local elections on May 4, 2023.

When contacted by Nottinghamshire Live, Mr Ahmed said he was unavailable to talk. Mr Ahmed, who was formerly the city council's portfolio holder for employment and skills, previously stood down from elected office due to what he said were “family commitments and health concerns” in 2011.

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After he stood down as a councillor, a report was published by the District Auditor of the Audit Commission - a statutory body set up to monitor Government spending. The report was critical of the council’s handling of the Future Jobs Fund (FJF), which was part of Mr Ahmed’s portfolio.

The £10m Future Jobs Fund was a Government job creation scheme which aimed to find 12-month employment placements for 1,000 people in the city, with wages and training costs met by the city council, during 2009 and 2010. Mr Ahmed had involvement with several companies and charities which were awarded contracts.

The report went on to say Mr Ahmed “failed to demonstrate appropriate accountability for the decisions taken. These failures were compounded by poor record-keeping within the council."

In a separate report, two years earlier, the Standards Board for England - an independent body set up to promote high ethical standards - looked into Mr Ahmed’s failure to register an interest in five organisations that were involved in training and education. Mr Ahmed later changed his list of registered interests to include the organisations.

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