Ex-council leader: Lib Dems have ‘put votes before the reputation of Milton Keynes’

‘The city’s reputation has been sacrificed for votes’, according to the ex-leader of Milton Keynes Council.

Conservative councillor Andrew Geary has slammed Lib Dem leader Douglas McCall for how he has handled the aftermath of the Milton Keynes taxi-gate.

Mr Geary has now called on Mr McCall to resign as leader after failing to “deal with the situation immediately”. He will speak out tonight at the council’s audit committee, which will consider the internal investigation into the scandal.

The Tory told the Citizen: “I want to formally call for Douglas McCall to stand down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

“He has shown that he cares more about the number of seats in chamber and votes in wards than the reputation of Milton Keynes.

“Its reputation cannot be restored until those involved resign.”

Last week, Mr McCall’s Lib Dem colleague and disgraced ex-mayor Subhan Shafiq publicly apologised for his part in helping a convicted rapist become a city cabbie.

He resigned as a councillor last Monday, saying it was the “right time” after considering the council’s internal report.

Fellow Lib Dem Stuart Burke was chairman of MK Council’s licensing committee which renewed the licence of rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani - despite documentation detailing his four separate convictions for serious sexual offences.

He apologised for his actions in light of the audit report last week, but remains a councillor.

> See this website for updates from tonight’s audit committee meeting.