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Redbridge Mayor farce!Submitted: 01 Jun 2002

Last week, Cllr Dev Sharma was installed as the new Mayor of Redbridge. Just two weeks later he has been forced to resign. How embarrassing! The problem is that he has a psychologist job working for one local authority (Newham Council) and does not hold a certificate allowing him to be a councillor in a different local authority (Redbridge Council). Formerly, he was Labour cabinet minister of our Newbury ward in 1994 and it is currently unknown if he had one then! So not only was he not allowed to be Mayor of Redbridge but he may not have even allowed to be councillor! However, it is likely that he had one in 1994 but it has subsequently expired. Loser of the recent election, Cllr Javed, says he believed it was valid in 1994. But was it? Watch this space...

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