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SELECTIONS LIKELY TO OUST LONG-TIME LEICESTER LEADER

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Long-standing Leicester City Council leader Peter Soulsby is looking increasingly likely to be replaced after next ...
Long-standing Leicester City Council leader Peter Soulsby is looking increasingly likely to be replaced after next May's city-wide elections, following the defeat of political allies in candidate selections.

He has been leader for 15 years, apart from 20 months when he was toppled from power during 1994-95.

The Midlands Labour Party is investigating complaints and counter-allegations over the conduct of selection meetings.

Mr Soulsby and the Labour group's deputy leader, chair, secretary, chief whip and another whip have made a series of complaints against leading Leicester Labour Party members. Among the allegations is that selections have been influenced by entryism by taxi drivers and their families, seeking to introduce more favourable taxi licensing laws.

A further letter of complaint has now been submitted by John Thomas, secretary of Leicester East Labour Party and himself a council candidate. Mr Thomas denies the allegations by the council's leadership, saying: 'We can only assume Mr Soulsby wants to dispense with the members and choose the councillors himself.'

A Midlands Labour Party spokesman said: 'We have received a number of letters and we are considering the contents at the moment.' He confirmed the selection process had been suspended in two key wards.

Mr Soulsby was unavailable for comment.

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