Councillors implicated in the rapist taxi driver scandal have been given new jobs by the Lib Dems “because that’s the way we work”.
At a full council meeting last night a member of the public asked Lib Dem councillor Stuart Burke, who was chair of the licencing sub-comittee when the licence was granted, why he thought going onto an overview and scrutiny committee was appropriate.
He and his vice-chairman, Labour’s Gladstone McKenzie stepped down from their roles on the committee, but none resigned from their positions as councillors.
Mr McKenzie was not given a new role on a committee following the scandal, but the ex-mayor Subhan Shafiq joined Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee and the Joint Negotiating Committee.
Mr Burke said: “Subhan and myself were quite prepared, as we received an allowance, to take up our fair share of committees and that’s what we did.
“That’s the party we are. I apologise, but that’s the way we work.”
Two public petitions presented to the council demanded the resignation of all three councillors involved in the decision to give a taxi driver’s licence to a convicted rapist.
Earlier in the meeting, Mr Burke was defiant about granting the licence, saying: “If I had the chance to make the decision again, I don’t know what decision I’d make.”
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