Deselected Labour councillor says 'this will open a Pandora's box'

Deselected Labour councillor says 'this will open a Pandora's box'
By Tony Earnshaw
Local Democracy Reporter


A SITTING Labour councillor deselected in Dewsbury says the reasons behind the change, when revealed, will “open a Pandora’s box”.

Gulfam Asif, who has served one term representing the Dewsbury South ward on Kirklees Council following his election in 2016, lost a vote within his branch Labour Party to stand in May 2020.

The poll was won by branch secretary Jackie Ramsay, who stood as Labour’s candidate in the Denby Dale ward in May this year in a seat currently held by the Conservatives’ Michael Watson.

Coun Asif, 47, who is married with children and lives in the ward, said he did not wish to go into detail on the nature of his deselection or what lay behind it at the present time.

But he added: “There is a great deal behind my deselection. It’s not as straightforward as people think.

“When I reveal what happened it will open a Pandora’s Box, something that I have kept shut for years.”

Reacting to the news Coun Asif, who was previously a councillor from 2000 to 2004, said he was “saddened and disappointed” but that there was “much good work” to be done in the coming months.

“I have not stopped,” he said. “I have not even had the time to think about this.

“The next few weeks and months will be a busy time for all politicians whether on a local, regional or national platform and I will play my part. There is still much good work to be done.”

In the last week he has been supporting his friend and ward colleague Coun Masood Ahmed whose home was targeted in an early morning petrol bomb attack that left two cars gutted by fire.

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