Sandwell councillor found to have breached code of conduct

Published 10th January 2018

A Sandwell councillor accused of improper involvement in the sale of public toilets to someone he knew & getting his family’s parking tickets reduced or cancelled breached the members’ code of conduct

The council’s standards sub-committee found that Councillor Mahboob Hussain pushed through the sale of three public toilets well below their market value to a family friend in 2011/12.

The committee also found Councillor Hussain instructed officers to reduce or cancel three parking tickets for his wife and sons.

The committee found that Councillor Hussain had breached the code of conduct 12 times - bringing his office and the council into disrepute, compromising officers’ impartiality and giving an unfair advantage to the family friend who bought the toilets and his wife and sons regarding the parking tickets.

The committee delivered its judgement today (Wednesday 10 January) after a three-day hearing.

Lawyers for Councillor Hussain unsuccessfully argued for an adjournment on Monday (8 January) and the hearing went ahead in Councillor Hussain’s absence.

A further hearing will be arranged in the coming weeks to consider what action should be taken against Councillor Hussain.