Published On: Wed, Oct 24th, 2012 at 11:48am

Labour Councillor suspended after disability badge fraud

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A Glasgow Labour Councillor has been suspended for eight weeks after being exposed of fraudulently using a disability blue badge.

The suspension of Sohan Singh has been criticised as being an insufficient punishment by opposition group leaders. This is not Singh’s first offence. Earlier this year, Singh was operating illegally as a landlord having not been registered with Glasgow City Council. He has also been warned for breaches of liquor laws and staff at his hotel hampering police investigations.

Mr Singh was caught using a disabled bay whilst on official business. He has been suspended from the Labour Group for eight weeks and removed from the board of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue.

SNP Group Leader in Glasgow, Graeme Hendry, has expressed anger over the sanctions not being strong enough for Mr Singh. He said:- “Labour’s discipline is virtually non-existent even for serial
offenders like Sohan Singh. The idea that a councillor can swan around the city doing exactly as they please is nothing short of disgusting.

“Fraudulent use of disabled parking bays is not a victimless offence – it is a serious problem with serious consequences for legitimate blue badge users.”

Councillor Hendry went on to say Mr Singh should have been expelled from the Labour Group, not merely suspended. He said:- “The eight week suspension is far too weak and represents a glaring lack of judgement – he should have been expelled.”

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