200 sign petition calling for resignations over Milton Keynes rapist taxi driver scandal

Mayor of Milton Keynes Subhan Shafiq

Mayor of Milton Keynes Subhan Shafiq

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More than 200 people have signed a petition calling for three councillors to resign over the rapist taxi driver scandal.

Two weeks ago it emerged that Nadeem Ahmed Kiani had been granted a taxi licence by Milton Keynes Council, despite having four convictions for serious sexual offences. He went on to work as a private hire driver, and then a taxi driver, for three years.

Mayor Subhan Shafiq resigned as mayor after it was revealed he had given a reference when Mr Kiani applied for a private hire driver’s licence. The chair and vice-chair of the licensing committee, Gladstone McKenzie and Stuart Burke, have also stepped down. But none have resigned from their positions as councillors.

The petition says: “We the undersigned call for the resignation of the three councillors involved in giving licenses to taxi drivers despite them having serious sexual offences and convictions.

“Having these drivers on the streets of MK constitutes a serious public safety risk.”

Councillor David Nash, who was one of the petition organisers, said: “We collected these signatures over seven hours, and 95 per cent of people agreed the three of them should resign.

“I know that the council can’t force the three of them to resign, but we want to give the strongest possible message.

“The longer these three men are on the council the less people trust the council or all the other hard-working councillors.

“For their own good, for the good of the public, and for the sake of all their colleagues, all three of them have to resign.”