Former Mayor of Milton Keynes Subhan Shafiq has spoken to the Milton Keynes Citizen, following his shock resignation.
Mr Subhan, who remains a councillor, stepped down from the role after it emerged that he personally vouched for the taxi licence application of a convicted rapist.
But Mr Subhan says that he was not aware of the man’s previous convictions until he heard them at the hearing regarding the licence - and that the revelation left him “shocked”.
He also described the mechanics for deciding on licenses at the council as being “rotten”.
Mr Subhan said: “I’m sorry to the public for the situation we are in today. But the council and the legal officers had the information which could have seen them reject this case a long time ago.”
The full interview will appear online shortly.