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PARISH COUNCILLOR WINS BATTLE FOR REINSTATEMENT

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A parish councillor, removed from his post after being accused of failing to attend council meetings, has won his r...
A parish councillor, removed from his post after being accused of failing to attend council meetings, has won his reinstatement at London's high court.

Alexander Abiola, a member of Eastfield Parish Council, Scarborough, took his case to court after was told he had forfeited his seat in October last year and a by-election was called.

He denied he had failed to attend meetings and accused the council of acting 'irrationally' and failing to give him a fair hearing.

And yesterday at the high court, Mr Abiola of Eastfield won his case without a fight when judge Jack Beatson announced the Parish Council had agreed to settle the case.

Amongst other things, the council accepted that Mr Abiola had not forfeited his seat and continued to hold office.

The judge made a formal declaration that that the 'notice of vacancy' announced on 2 October last year and proposals for a by-election were both 'null and void'.

Mr Abiola and the Parish Council each agreed to pay their own legal costs of the action which could have culminated in a full-blown high court hearing had settlement terms not been agreed.

STRAND NEWS SERVICE

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