Commenting on Shahed Ali's disqualification from office after receiving a 5-month prison sentence for housing fraud, Elaine Bagshaw said: "The court has given us the right decision in the end, but only after Shahed Ali dragged this through the courts, costing the Council £70,000 in court costs.
The independent group is a shambles in the borough. This is the fourth councillor they've lost due to a criminal charge, and their in-fighting gives Labour a run for its money. They can't win in this borough anymore.
Labour have increased council tax and at the same time increased their own salaries, helped by the votes of the Independent and Conservative Councillors. Local people deserve better, and only the Liberal Democrats will deliver this."