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Ex-Labour Birmingham councillor Raghib Ahsan gets deselection payout

Raghib Ahsan
Image caption Mr Ahsan was a councillor for seven years

An ex-Birmingham councillor has been awarded £122,000 after claiming he was deselected by Labour for being Asian.

Raghib Ahsan, a councillor in Sparkhill for seven years, won a legal battle to prove he was a victim of racial discrimination in November 2007.

He was deselected following claims he gave Asian families preference for housing repair grants in exchange for the promise of votes.

A Labour spokesman said discriminating by race was "totally unacceptable".

The spokesman for the party added: "We are clear that unfairly discriminating against someone because of their race is totally unacceptable, and this principle is embedded in our party rules."

Mr Ahsan claimed discrimination by a selection panel before the 1998 local elections.

That followed a Labour Party inquiry which found no evidence of impropriety by Mr Ahsan and other Pakistani candidates.

'Hurt and injustice'

The House of Lords accepted Mr Ahsan's appeal against a court ruling which rejected his claim he had been discriminated for being a Pakistani candidate in 2007.

It restored an employment tribunal's decision that found in his favour.

In a statement Mr Ahsan, who is now a solicitor, said the payout was "final vindication after all these years".

"The compensation is some recompense for the hurt and injustice I have suffered and the effective ending of my political career," he said.

"I have not been given any apology by the Labour Party."

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