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COUNCILLOR WHO UNDERMINED TENDER PROCESS DISQUALIFIED

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Waheed Saleem (Labour) of Walsall MBC has been disqualified for one year from being or becoming a member following ...
Waheed Saleem (Labour) of Walsall MBC has been disqualified for one year from being or becoming a member following an investigation by The Standards Board for England.

Mr Saleem breached the councillors' code of conduct by revealing confidential information about a bid in a tender process for a council property. Mr Saleem visited one of the unsuccessful bidders - a community group - and disclosed details of the successful bid.

The independent adjudication panel for England heard how Mr Saleem undermined the tender process and manipulated the rules by using his position as a member to confer an advantage on the Abu Bakr Trust. The group was then able to submit a late bid higher than the previous winner's. Mr Saleem was also found guilty of bringing his office or authority into disrepute.

Anthony Holland, chair of The Standards Board for England, said:

'This kind of behaviour undermines public confidence in the work of local councillors. The vast majority who work within local government are honourable and trustworthy people; it is the tiny minority who tarnish their reputation. This is why we welcome today's verdict.'

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