Berkshire

Slough missed meeting councillor sacked

A by-election has been called in Berkshire after a councillor failed to turn up to any meetings in six months.

Slough Borough Council said Azhar Qureshi, who represented the town's Baylis and Stoke ward, had not attended a council meeting since July 2011.

Council records show Mr Qureshi had been on holiday or on leave when he was expected at the meetings.

The by-election will be held on 8 March. The deadline for nominations is 10 February.

Under the Local Government Act 1972, any councillor who "fails throughout a period of six consecutive months from the date of last attendance to attend any meeting of the authority" will be disqualified from the council.

Mr Qureshi had been a Labour councillor since 2006.

Labour councillor Rob Anderson, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: "The Local Government Act requires that councillors attend at least one meeting in every six month period, and unfortunately for Councillor Qureshi this requirement has not been met so he is no longer a Slough borough councillor.

"A by-election is being held as quickly as possible to ensure the residents of Baylis and Stoke receive the support and representation from their local councillor which they deserve."

BBC tried to contact Mr Qureshi but received no reply.

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