Taxi-gate has had “little impact” on voters say MK Lib Dems

Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes
Luton Magistrates Court upheld the Borough Council's decision not to renew the hackney carriage licence of a Luton taxi driver who was caught speeding in Milton Keynes

Local Lib Dems are confident that taxi-gate has not ruined their chances in next week’s election, a leaked email has revealed.

Four of the party’s councillors were involved in the scandal, which saw convicted rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani granted a licence to drive a city cab.

“There appears to be little impact from the general election nor from taxi-gate.”

Jane Andrews, campaign manager for MK Lib Dem group

In a message to the Lib Dem group, campaign manager Jane Andrews said the polling picture looked similar to last year and that she was hopeful to stop campaign work in wards which are “in the bag”.

Ms Andrews said: “There appears to be little impact from the general election nor from taxi-gate.

“In real terms few people take notice of the local press, local radio and twitter, but are rather looking to current issues and how we work with them.

“In the coming weeks I am optimistic that the general election will also side step the electorate.”

Campaign leaflets being delivered to MK households are encouraging voters to back local candidates - but say it’s their choice who they vote for nationally. Ms Andrews says this message is “getting through”.

Group leader Douglas McCall said: “We are hopeful but we will just have to wait and see.

“People on the doorstep recognise taxi-gate was not a Lib Dem issue. They don’t even raise it on the doorstep - they are concerned about other things.

“We just want people to recognise there are two elections, national and local, and that they have two votes.”