Ex-mayor of Milton Keynes apologises over taxi-gate

Councillor Subhan Shafiq
Councillor Subhan Shafiq

Disgraced ex-mayor Subhan Shafiq has publicly apologised for his part in allowing a rapist to become a city cabbie - three months after stepping down as mayor.

In a letter confirming his resignation as councillor, Mr Shafiq said he feels now is the “right time” to respond, having had the opportunity to consider the council’s internal report published today.

Mr Shafiq said: “Let me be clear, I accept the content of the report and I wholeheartedly support the recommendations it makes.

“Importantly, I wish to publicly apologise for any distress my actions have caused.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving Milton Keynes as a councillor and as mayor and would like to thank those who have supported me.”

In August, Mr Shafiq was forced to resign as Mayor of Milton Keynes after it emerged he had given a reference for a convicted rapist - with four convictions for serious sexual assaults - to become a city cabbie.

The former councillor, who represented Monkston, cited personal reasons for his resignation.

He added: “The recent months have also put pressure on my family, including my young children, my close friends and myself.

“It is for that reason that I am resigning as a councillor with immediate effect.

“I will not be making any further comment at this time and ask that my privacy and that of my family is respected.”