No-show councillor thwarted in bid to rejoin Labour group
An ousted Labour councillor has had his application for re-admission to the city council's Labour group refused following fears he would "embarrass" the party.
Councillor Iqbal Desai was asked to resign from the Leicester City Labour Group in August after only attending one council meeting during a four-month period.
He met with Labour group officers on Monday to discuss his re-application.
However, his former Labour colleagues deemed his explanation for his absence between March and July inadequate and rejected his appeal.
A spokesman for the Labour group said: "Leicester City Labour Group has decided that Councillor Desai's application for re-admission to the group be refused on the grounds that he hasn't given an adequate explanation as to the reasons for his absence.
"Furthermore, we haven't received sufficient reassurance that his current and future conduct will not embarrass or bring into disrepute Leicester City Labour Group."
Councillor Desai will be able to re-apply again in six months.
At the meeting, Coun Desai told the Mercury that at the Labour group meeting, he had said he did not wish to elaborate on the reasons for his absence.
He said: "I told them I was away on personal business.
"I was asked to explain my absence and did so. If my explanation was not satisfactory to them, then there is nothing more I can say."