Bradford Respect councillors hope for resolutions over suspensions (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford Respect councillors hope for resolutions over suspensions
Bradford’s Respect councillors, who temporarily resigned from their party en-masse last week, say they hope to resolve the dispute this week.
All five sitting Respect councillors made the shock move last Thursday, after two of their number were suspended from the party over comments they made to a national newspaper about Bradford West Respect MP George Galloway.
They accused the party of failing to explain the reasons for the pair’s suspensions and said they would be resigning the party whip until the two councillors in question – Ishtiaq Ahmed and Mohammed Shabbir – are “publicly exonerated and their suspensions revoked”.
But this hasn’t yet happened, group leader Councillor Alyas Karmani said yesterday. Coun Karmani (Little Horton), said he was hopeful the matter could still be resolved and expected an announcement by the end of the week.
Ron McKay, Mr Galloway’s spokesman and the party’s national secretary, said both he and Mr Galloway also wanted the dispute to be resolved and said the current situation looked “encouraging”.