Leader of Sandwell Council suspended after ‘complaint’

Labour councillor, Steve Eling, has been suspended by the Labour Party following a ‘complaint’ with deputy leader, Syeda Khatun expected to take charge.

The decision was confirmed by the party's National Executive Committee earlier today. Mr Eling has yet to comment.

The reason for cllr eling’s suspension is unclear, but it is understood the NEC is conducting a lengthy investigation.

It comes after months of internal fighting within the group and a spate of embarrassing allegations involving former council members who have since stepped down.

The party said it would fully investigate in line with its rules and procedures in order to take any appropriate disciplinary action.

If the committee's decision is upheld, it may lead to the councillor's de-selection as a candidate in May's election as suspended members cannot stand for office.

Though he is suspended from party membership, councillor Eling could continue as the leader of the council unless the NEC instructs the Sandwell Labour Group to move a vote of no confidence in him, forcing a formal vote in the council chamber.


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