Labour Councillor resigns, Tory by-election Prompted. ‘Taxi row’


Now, the conservatives and the liberal democrats are watching the available Oadby seat

The Tories have prompted in Oadby, subsequently after the letter of resignation of a Labour councillor whom was seen not a “fit and proper person to drive a taxi’’.

The conservatives are the first ones in the fight to replace Gurpal Atwal as the colleague for the Uplands ward on Liberal democratically run Oadby and Wigston Borough Council.

Mr Atwal resigned in the preceding month once the council rejected to allow him a licence to be a cab driver in the area. The by-election will take place on the 21st September. The conservatives reserve hope that entrepreneur Fula Singh Ghattoraya will gain them the chair.

Mr Ghattoraya said: “There is a lot I want to get done on the council, from sorting out parking issues around the schools, improving the Uplands Park and making sure our refuse collections are not endangered by the financial problems at the council.”

Conservative opposition group leader Bhupen Dave said: “Fula is an excellent candidate and would bring some very useful business and community experience to the council.

“The Lib Dems have been running the council for a long time, Labour now has no councillors. Only the Conservatives can hold the Lib Dems to account.”

Brand new Conservative Harborough MP Neil O’Brien has also supported Mr Ghattoraya. The Lib Dems and Labour are however still working over the method of selecting their runners.

Mr Atwal was chosen in 2015 and was the first Labour Councillor to gain a place on the authority for about 30 years.

He petitioned against the council’s decision on his licence submission and the subsequent court case heard accusations of profanity and bigotry and that he used unlicensed companions for taxi trips for young people.

Atwal lost the seat, but disagreed he was a bigot and the court was communicated the claims in contradiction of him came from an argument with a previous business partner.

The representative was then stopped from driving defenseless adults and children around Leicester as part of a council contract the business he works for – ASA Transport – has with the authority.

In a report issued through the local Labour Party, Atwal said: “Allegations have been made against me which I totally dispute and which I have been advised to appeal.

“Oadby and Wigston Council officers and one or two local councilors have taken positions in this matter that impact on my ability to concentrate on working effectively as a councilor on behalf of the Uplands Ward constituents.

“On that basis, I resign my seat as a borough Councillor for Oadby Uplands Ward forthwith.”


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