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Labour group and Conservative candidate clash over flat sale allegations

James Bagley. Local Democracy Reporter

Labour group and Conservative candidate clash over flat sale allegations

A Conservative candidate has been called to resign his candidacy or to be removed after being accused of 'holding the Slough taxpayer to ransom' by Labour.

Adil Iftakhar, who will be standing as the Conservative candidate for Langley St Mary’s in May’s election, has been urged to resign his candidacy by Slough Labour, alleging he his 'derailing' the council’s plans to build 193 social and affordable homes on the site of Tower and Ashbourne Houses in Chalvey.

Mr Iftakhar has denied these allegations.

The Labour Group allege the Conservative candidate is trying to claim a 'seven figure sum' for a flat on the land worth £270,000.

The allegations go further, which Labour claims council tax records show he has never lived in the property. Mr Iftakhar, again, denies both statements, and said he has never asked for such a sum and does live at the property.

According to the Labour Group, the council offered Mr Iftakhar nearly double the flat’s market value but was rejected, prompting in bringing in a compulsory purchase order, which forces homeowners to sell up if their property obstructs a regeneration project, against him to secure the site last October.

Councillor Christine Hulme, chair of the Slough Labour group, said she was 'appalled' by the Conservative Group for choosing Mr Iftakhar to represent them, calling it a 'new low' for the Tories.

She said: “Adil Iftakhar’s greed is depriving the town of hundreds of new social and affordable homes and costing Slough taxpayers millions of pounds in legal fees and increased build costs as a result of his desire to profit at the expense of Slough residents.”

In response, Adil Iftakhar said these 'untrue' allegations were a 'personal attack' on him and denied he has ever requested a 'seven-figure sum'.

He said he has refused all offers made to him for his property as he did not want to move away from his home.

Mr Iftakhar said: “Another blatant lie is that I’m demanding '1 per cent on the council tax bill for every home in Slough' this is an absolute ludicrous statement to make.  As I do not want to move away from my home, furthermore, I do pay council tax and live there.”

He also hit out against Labour’s Tower and Ashbourne Houses scheme, claiming its 'undeliverable' as the council does not have the finances to cover it, he alleges.

Mherunisa Hussain, chair of the Slough Conservative Association, said: “I would like to thank Slough Labour Group for bringing this matter to my attention. At this moment in time, we are not in possession of full facts, however following notification of the allegations made against Adil Iftakhar, I swiftly launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.

“As chairman I fervently believe in speaking truth to power and I am dedicated to restoring decency to public office in Slough.

“Once our investigation has been concluded, the final decision regarding Adil Iftakhar’s candidacy will be voted on by the executive committee, as per the procedure, later this week, after which I will provide a full update on the matter at the earliest opportunity.”

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  • Honestjim

    20:27, 27 March 2021

    It’s very simple but sad really and Slough labour and in particular the leader Mr Swindle has encouraged. Slough has encouraged people to come to the town, most on low salaries and forced to live in thousands of unregistered and unsafe homes. Most of the councillors are landlords or their relatives are. They stand to make thousands of pounds of undeclared profit from miserable living conditions. Because the majority of the town is on low salaries they are then forced to claim UC, discounted benefits and discounted council tax - sometimes up to 100%. This means the money back to the council is a lot less than a normal council - it’s socialism on a grand scale. They think that all the desperate low income families will vote labour and momentum make people angry whilst the leaders and councillors and landlords rake it in. Put simply there isn’t enough coming in to pay the wild fantasies of the labour group - so they blame the government. With labour you get a race to the bottom. They want you to stay poor and work rest and die early in Slough. You will never progress and they don’t want you too. The average life expectancy of a teenager living in Slough will be TWENTY years less than national when they reach old age. Why? Because the town is all about Work and landlords. Money money money

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    • Stranger

      19:45, 28 March 2021

      Is it really that simple though? The Labour-run Council has, multiple times, devilised landlords in Slough. It created the licensing scheme for HMOs around Chalvey and Slough. Chrisine Hulme (Labour councillor) spends all her time devilising landlords, saying they're evil and that they should have to pay for retrospective apartment block cladding, etc. Always protecting and never daring to criticise the millionaires who are the Labour elite in central government and even in Slough, and their developer friends. The people in Slough are too dumb to realise she's protecting the Council's BIG business development partners such as Morgan Sindall. The Council itself is in the landlord game with "Roxy Hotel", etc. seeking for the asylum seeker pound from the government, and is in direct competition with private landlords. Plus then you have the Britwell type who can't look in the mirror and face the fact that a 70 year old Indian corner shopkeeper might have saved up enough money to buy a measly 1-bedroom property as a BTL. The overall picture is chaotic and complex but it seems big investment firms who run everything and who have Slough Council in their pockets are NEVER in the line of fire here.. Hmm.

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  • be_ transparent

    23:14, 24 March 2021

    I don't think it has escaped anybody in Slough that the Labour Party here seems to be very very focussed mainly on issues to do with property development. Of course, everyone in the town knows that "affordable homes" won't be at all - no ordinary working class person in Slough will be able to afford to buy them, and the journalists should refuse to publish these misleading words in the press releases they are handed. Mass migration means Slough will never build enough homes to satisfy demand, and if your face doesn't fit don't be surprised when they try to rehouse you outside of Slough. If Slough Labour was really committed to addressing Sloughs housing issues it would build thousands of micro sleeping pods and end the housing waiting list overnight. But there is not a great deal of money to be made in that though ! Great attempt to distract from what they have done on the A4, which no-one is forgetting any time soon.

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    • Stranger

      06:28, 26 March 2021

      Micro sleeping pods? But how will you stop essentially homeless and dependent paupers from just breeding more kids despite their dire straits? When there's a hard limit on housing stock, at least people can see there's not going to be that instant reward from the Council from quickly shacking up to get a kid or two. It's a much-needed disincentive from getting on the housing list. There will be no such thing as an ordinary life with a family and a job for these people. Unskilled jobs are getting automated. No factories, no office monkeys, and even retail jobs are being taken over by tech. The armed forces are being cut back even further. They will be a burden on the health system, education, universal credits. We're heading for a world with Universal Basic Income. There will be some short-term pain but we need to transition to handpicking the best and brightest from around the world and discouraging multigenerational dependency. "The estate" was never meant to be a way of life.

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      • be_ transparent

        12:27, 26 March 2021

        I cannot stop the fact that currently if you come to the UK in a dinghy having burned your passport so you cannot be returned you will be housed in a four star hotel and given £38 a week and told you mustn't work. I cannot stop a system that rewards irresponsibility in families and rewards lack of personal accountability. I cannot stop a system where "asylum seekers" are penniless, get housed in council accommodation but suddenly a few years later buy their council house with money that appears out of nowhere and make a profit larger than if they had worked. I can't stop politicians talking about tough immigration measures when anyone that understands the legislation knows it is all talk and their hands are tied by "human rights" law. I cannot stop a system where people asylum shop from country to country to get the best deal or come to any European country first, get a passport then walk through the front door to the UK. The UK doesn't know its own population, just those that reply to the census or answer a travel survey because the UK deliberately doesn't track people in and out of the country and rarely if at all removes even hardened criminals despite many business having to know the population of the UK as a part of their business. But what I can do is point out Labour in Slough are total and utter hypocrites on housing, law and order, transport and identity politics.

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        • Stranger

          14:24, 26 March 2021

          Oh OK, you're on an anti-immigration thing. I don't agree with you on that. I see nothing special in being white or orange or black or any colour. All I know is a lot of these fake refugees turn out to be productive people, precisely because they're here to make money AND they know to work around the system rather than play by all the red tape and rules. They claim as much as they can because it benefits them. They do cash in hand jobs because it benefits them. Everything they do is driven by self-interest, and without them we wouldn't have any sort of economy at all. On the other hand, your preferred master does what? Sleep all day as per the last 3 generations of the same family who all did the same on the Britwell estate? If that's what the Slough Conservatives stand for then count me out. FYI it's really hard to buy a property and pass all the money laundering checks, so the claim that they're getting fast-tracked to council home ownership is not only false but manipulative and evil. You're scapegoating. I thought Labour was bad because of its antisemitism, but the way you're gunning for successful ethnic minorities really makes me recoil. You should listen to their stories one day, you know. Living 5 families to a single house, saving every penny for decades, sending kids to school and pushing them hard to become doctors and lawyers, etc. Maybe a bit more inspirational than "your" people on their a** on the council housing list, eh.

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        • be_ transparent

          16:25, 26 March 2021

          I am not a member of any political party, don't live on a council estate, couldn't give a toss what skin colour someone has (and don't know why you brought it up), isn't "evil" (but yes I do have a different opinion to you), isn't scapegoating and talk to all sorts of people in Slough and elsewhere. Your ignorance of the system and your anecdotes that avoid the other points I made are laughable. I wonder why you assumed I was from a political party ??? See you next week.

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        • Stranger

          17:29, 26 March 2021

          Yes, I clearly understood the subtext in what you wrote. Most people do, and that's why yours is a minority, marginal opinion. See you next Tuesday

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