Former Leicester Lord Mayor Robert Wann facing the axe over no-shows
Former Lord Mayor of Leicester Robert Wann faces being kicked off the city council for not attending a meeting in nearly six months.
The veteran Labour politician has not been present at any meetings since May 17, when he handed over the mayoral chains to Adbul Osman.
Under council rules, any elected member who does not attend a meeting for six months is disqualified from being a councillor.
Yesterday's cancelled audit and risk committee meeting was the last he could have attended before the six-month deadline, November 17, passes.
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Coun Wann could yet attend the rescheduled meeting – for which a date has not yet been set – to avoid disqualification.
However, his no-shows have already frustrated a number of party colleagues, who say his absence has been noted by residents of Thurncourt ward, which he represents.
Should Coun Wann, who is paid £9,829 to be a councillor, be disqualified he would be the first in at least 20 years to lose his post for non-attendance.
He had previously told the Mercury he would be taking a break in June "to have a rest" after his year as Lord Mayor.
Labour group chief whip Coun Barbara Potter said: "He has been served notice by the legal department.
"Officers have been trying to contact him, (his fellow ward councillor) Luis Fonseca has been trying to contact him and I have been trying to contact him, but he has not responded to calls."
Coun Potter, who represents Humberstone and Hamilton, has been attending community meetings in Thurnby Lodge in Coun Wann's absence, to support Coun Fonseca in dealing with protests by residents over a Muslim community group's proposed leasing of a former Scout hut.
She said: "I went to a meeting in Thurncourt and the residents there challenged us about him.
"They wanted to know where Coun Wann was."
Thurnby Lodge Tenants' and Residents' Group chairman Wendy Biddles said: "We have Luis Fonseca and he's great but Wann hasn't been there to support him."
The city council confirmed Coun Wann had not attended a meeting since May 17 and said efforts had been made to make him go to meetings.
Among the meetings he has missed was a hearing of the standards committee in June at which it was found he brought his position as a councillor into disrepute by getting senior officers at the city council to cancel parking fines.
A council spokeswoman said Coun Wann could request an extension to the six-month period, but by last night he had not done so.