Magazine pulled after featuring taxi-gate mayor

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More than 100,000 copies of a council-owned magazine had to be BINNED after contact details for the city’s disgraced ex-mayor were accidently printed.

Subhan Shafiq was forced to quit his post last year after it emerged he had vouched for a rapist to become a taxi driver.

But despite standing down seven months ago over the scandal, Mr Shafiq featured in LiveMK because of “human error”, say the council.

A blunder that cost taxpayers £8,300. Former leader of the Conservative group Andrew Geary said: “What are we playing at?

“We complain about a lack of resources in the council and then go and do that. What a complete and utter waste of money.”

Delivery of all 106,000 copies had to be pulled after the screw-up was noticed in LiveMK’s spring 2015 edition four weeks ago. The quarterly magazine showcases the latest council news for locals, produced by its communications team. A council spokesman said: “Unfortunately human error resulted in a former councillor being featured in LiveMK.

“What a complete and utter waste of money.”

Andrew Geary, former council leader

“It was felt that this wasn’t appropriate, and could be misleading, so we withdrew circulation of the copies in question. There was no delay to delivery of the correct edition to residents.”

Chris Hill, operations manager at the magazine’s printers, Community Information Services, based in Lancashire, said the council had been in contact and due to client confidentiality they could not comment.