Two Day Sandwell Council Standards Committee Hearing Set For Cllr Mahboob Hussain

Allegations of misconduct and improper behaviour against Councillor Mahboob Hussain will be heard by Sandwell Council’s standards committee next month providing he fails in another High Court bid to stop proceedings today. 

Serious allegations have been made about Oldbury Councillor Hussain, the former deputy leader, regarding land sales and parking tickets.

It’s alleged that Councillor Hussain abused his position on the council to secure the sale of land to a close associate for just £35,000 when he knew it had been valued at £130,000, and that he wrongly secured the cancellation of parking tickets and reduction of parking fines issued to members of his family.

The standards complaint does not raise the issues of housing allocation which have been referred to West Midlands Police.

The outcome of any police investigation will determine whether these matters are referred to the standards committee in future.

The two-day hearing will take place at a public meeting in the council chambers on March 9 and 10. Cllr Hussain had been expected to appear before the committee in August 2016.

It follows an in-depth investigation by the council and several legal challenges in the High Court. The council has recently received final comments from Councillor Hussain allowing the investigation to be concluded and the matter referred to standards.

Councillor Hussain has been informed of the dates of the hearing.


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