Mahboob Hussain: Former Sandwell Council deputy leader 'breached' code of conduct by trying to quash parking tickets for family
A former council deputy leader has been found to have breached the code of conduct over his role in the sale of public toilets and reducing and quashing parking tickets for his family.
Standards committee members decided Sandwell councillor Mahboob Hussain brought the authority into disrepute and compromised the impartiality of the council.
Councillor Hussain, who did not attend the hearing on medical grounds, was accused of ‘agreeing to ignore’ a £130,000 valuation for three public toilet blocks. Two days later they were allegedly sold for £35,000 to one of Mr Hussain’s friends.
The committee found he used his position to have three parking tickets issued to family members reduced and cancelled.
Following the hearing, Councillor Hussain said: "I have always strongly refuted the allegations made against me and would have liked the opportunity to defend myself fully."
A further hearing will be held to determine what action should be taken against the Oldbury councillor.