Councillor angry at party ‘shun’

Coun Nader Fekri
Coun Nader Fekri

A councillor has hit out at local Labour bosses for denying him the chance to stand to be the party’s candidate at the next General Election.

Calder ward councillor Nader Fekri, who switched to Labour from the Liberal Democrats last year, can not officially stand for his new party because he has not been a member for the minimum period of 12 months.

But the Calder Valley Labour Party’s selection panel could appeal for a relaxation of the rule to the party’s National Executive Committee, which Coun Fekri said its members have declined to do.

Coun Fekri said: “I am deeply disappointed that some within the Labour hierarchy have seen fit to exclude me when they had it in their power to include me. I’m hearing that members and voters want real choice and diversity. I understand that it is still not too late to reconsider this decision and give the choice to ordinary Party members.”

Brighouse ward councillor Ann Martin, who chairs the selection panel, said: “We’re in the middle of an internal party matter and I can’t comment at this time.”