Berkshire news Slough Tory election candidate hits back after being removed PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Iftakhar Ahmed and his son Adil Iftakhar were both set to stand for the Conservative party in the elections in May
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man who was deselected as an election candidate for the Tories in Slough has hit back at "inaccurate, untrue and misleading" claims from Labour councillors in a row over housing. Adil Iftakhar was standing for the party in Langley St Mary's. His father, Iftakhar Ahmed, was also standing for the party in Wexham Lea. However, they have since been removed after the Labour Party made allegations about their role in an ongoing row over the sale of a flat they own in Ashbourne House. Slough Borough Council is looking to regenerate the run-down block of flats, but Adil has refused to sell his flat in the block to the authority. BerkshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the BerkshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply press here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Labour has claimed he is demanding a "seven figure sum" for the property - vastly more than it's value of £270,000, and the row is delaying the entire regeneration project but Adil has fiercely denied this. Labour claims the father and son are making "exorbitant 7 figure demands" and are "actively blocking the regeneration" of the site. The row dates back to 2016. However, Adil hit back, saying: "Accusations have been made against me which are inaccurate, untrue and misleading. "This is clearly a personal attack against me. "For the record, I have never requested a 7-figure sum.
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. "Furthermore, numerous objections from the local residents were made as they would also be greatly impacted. "I made an objection to the CPO (compulsory purchase order) also, as I did not want to move away from my home. "I refused all offers put forward to me. I do not want to sell my home nor should anyone be forced to." He added: "During the 13 years that Slough Labour have been in power, what affordable and social housing have they provided? Very minimal. "The scheme that they are proposing is undeliverable as it stands, Slough Borough Council simply don’t have the finances to deliver this scheme, hence, they are likely to do a joint venture. "Joint ventures mean minimal profit, as the developer always makes the majority of the money, this is not in the interest of the residents." The father and son say the Conservative Party has not provided any reasons to them why they have been deselected.
Cllr Wayne Strutton, leader of Slough Conservatives, said "certain things had not been disclosed" when the two applied to be candidates for the party, which meant they had to be removed as candidates. He also pointed out the two had been previous members of Slough Labour Party and questioned whether similar checks had been carried out. A statement from Slough Conservatives's chairman Mherunisa Hussain said: "Following notification of the allegations made by Slough Labour Party, regarding Adil Iftakhar, as chairman of Slough Conservative Association I launched a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the full facts of the situation. "As is required under procedure, the matter was subsequently referred to the Slough Conservative Approvals Committee, which voted to remove Adil Iftakhar (Langley St Mary's) and Iftakhar Ahmed (Wexham Lea) as prospective candidates for the upcoming elections on Thursday, May 6." The incident follows a bullying row on the council over the resignation of Madhuri Bedi, who quit the Labour Party in the middle of a meeting.
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