Newport councillor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi faces inquiry over e-mail calling colleague 'arrogant'

FACING INVESTIGATION:  Miqdad Al-Nuaimi

FACING INVESTIGATION: Miqdad Al-Nuaimi

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A NEWPORT Labour councillor is facing an investigation within his group after a senior colleague he called arrogant complained about him, the Argus understands.

Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi is set to be interviewed by the city council Labour party today following a letter to him from the group’s chief whip Trevor Watkins.

Earlier this month the councillor accused Cllr Bob Poole of being arrogant and making rash judgements unbecoming of his post as cabinet member for education.

The attack, addressed to Cllr Poole but sent by e-mail to all Newport councillors, is possibly the most significant public row among the city council’s Labour group since it took over the authority in May 2012.

Yesterday Cllr Al-Nuaimi told the Argus: “I’m not happy that I’ve received a letter from the chief whip but my intention is to attend.”

“There is a charge, prompted by a complaint from Cllr Bob Poole,” he said, adding he intended to “refute the charge completely”.

The Argus understands that Stow Hill’s Cllr Al-Nuaimi will be interviewed by party whips, currently Cllr Allan Morris, Cllr Watkins, Cllr John Guy and Cllr Emma Garland.

The interview is the first stage of an investigation, which may or may not be followed by disciplinary action.

But it would be up to the Labour group to decide whether to take such a step.

Cllr Al-Nuaimi sent the email earlier in January after the cabinet member declined to answer questions over the controversial decision to merge the Gaer Infant and Junior schools.

He had told Cllr Poole: “Your arrogant and woefully inadequate response to my question has clearly demonstrated your unwillingness to be accountable.

"Your failure to substantiate statements you made shows that you are prone to make rash and unfair judgements, unbecoming of the responsible position you hold.

“You also lack the sensitivity and graciousness to admit to mistakes.”

The Argus could not contact Cllr Poole.

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10:07am Thu 23 Jan 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

Good luck with the meeting Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi .
Stick to your guns and your beliefs after all Councillor Bright never had a letter from the chief whip reference the handling of the Newport Council mural debacle and the way he handled it or did he?
We need more councillors to stand up like you and Chris Evans who previously got knocked back for something he said that the leaders did not like.
The quicker the leadership is changed at NCC the better!
Good luck with the meeting Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi . Stick to your guns and your beliefs after all Councillor Bright never had a letter from the chief whip reference the handling of the Newport Council mural debacle and the way he handled it or did he? We need more councillors to stand up like you and Chris Evans who previously got knocked back for something he said that the leaders did not like. The quicker the leadership is changed at NCC the better! Votefornoneoftheabove
  • Score: 26

10:16am Thu 23 Jan 14

gathin says...

See? We all said Poole et al were bullet-proof and were we wrong?
Ref bob Dim never having had an inquiry- just goes to show he's part of a different class from the rest of us, eh?
Obviously the guy from Mosul isn't as "protected" as the rest of the wasters.
Tow the line or else!
See? We all said Poole et al were bullet-proof and were we wrong? Ref bob Dim never having had an inquiry- just goes to show he's part of a different class from the rest of us, eh? Obviously the guy from Mosul isn't as "protected" as the rest of the wasters. Tow the line or else! gathin
  • Score: 6

10:17am Thu 23 Jan 14

Banjalucka says...

Miqudad is right about Poole.
Miqudad is right about Poole. Banjalucka
  • Score: 8

10:32am Thu 23 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

As a completely neutral observer I can see nothing wrong in the comments that were legitimately made against Councillor Poole . It is very sad when a grown man is not prepared to defend himself but goes running to the party machine.
As a completely neutral observer I can see nothing wrong in the comments that were legitimately made against Councillor Poole . It is very sad when a grown man is not prepared to defend himself but goes running to the party machine. Abertillery29
  • Score: 12

10:37am Thu 23 Jan 14

gathin says...

Is this really a surprising reaction from Poole and the other councillors that don't want anybody, anytime rocking the boat...
This will be the warning for anybody else that speaks the truth.
I wonder how far they're going to take this punishment against an honest man's actions?
I bet he knows loads of things about how the council is mis-run and will probably get a very nice golden goodbye from the wasters.
Is this really a surprising reaction from Poole and the other councillors that don't want anybody, anytime rocking the boat... This will be the warning for anybody else that speaks the truth. I wonder how far they're going to take this punishment against an honest man's actions? I bet he knows loads of things about how the council is mis-run and will probably get a very nice golden goodbye from the wasters. gathin
  • Score: 10

10:39am Thu 23 Jan 14

Jonnytrouble says...

gathin wrote:
See? We all said Poole et al were bullet-proof and were we wrong?
Ref bob Dim never having had an inquiry- just goes to show he's part of a different class from the rest of us, eh?
Obviously the guy from Mosul isn't as "protected" as the rest of the wasters.
Tow the line or else!
All the people that live in there wards just remember when voting time comes along that will be the time to judge them, also see if they call at your doorstep begging for you to vote for them...
Funny Poole can't be contacted by the Argus, to tell his side of the argument
Freedom of speech, my A***
[quote][p][bold]gathin[/bold] wrote: See? We all said Poole et al were bullet-proof and were we wrong? Ref bob Dim never having had an inquiry- just goes to show he's part of a different class from the rest of us, eh? Obviously the guy from Mosul isn't as "protected" as the rest of the wasters. Tow the line or else![/p][/quote]All the people that live in there wards just remember when voting time comes along that will be the time to judge them, also see if they call at your doorstep begging for you to vote for them... Funny Poole can't be contacted by the Argus, to tell his side of the argument Freedom of speech, my A*** Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 9

10:54am Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Please, sir - Miqdad called me names. (boohoo)
Please, sir - Miqdad called me names. (boohoo) GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 4

11:00am Thu 23 Jan 14

gathin says...

They'll just be voted in next time as people are past caring what any of the parties get up to.
It IS us and them.
They'll just be voted in next time as people are past caring what any of the parties get up to. It IS us and them. gathin
  • Score: 1

11:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

NakedDancer says...

A bit silly Cllr Al-Nuaimi getting personal in his comments but probably understandable when his questions are being blanked. Good to see some passion in the Council and someone standing up to be counted. I've written to Cllr Poole on an education issue in the past (not the schools merger) and received no response. I'd suggest Cllr Al-Nuaimi stands as an independent next time around.
A bit silly Cllr Al-Nuaimi getting personal in his comments but probably understandable when his questions are being blanked. Good to see some passion in the Council and someone standing up to be counted. I've written to Cllr Poole on an education issue in the past (not the schools merger) and received no response. I'd suggest Cllr Al-Nuaimi stands as an independent next time around. NakedDancer
  • Score: 10

12:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

To be fair to Cllr Al-Nuaimi he expressed his views in private emails, I don't see anything wrong with that if it's the only way you can be heard. But it just goes to show the single mind mentality of the party as a whole when you have views that are different to others. Its one of the major problems with elected representatives that they don't really represent the people that voted for them only thier own views and doing things that only suit them. I personally am glad that there is someone willing to stand up and speak out. It would be such a better system if all Cllr's were party indipendent and were truly representative of the people and thier own views and not have to tow the line.
To be fair to Cllr Al-Nuaimi he expressed his views in private emails, I don't see anything wrong with that if it's the only way you can be heard. But it just goes to show the single mind mentality of the party as a whole when you have views that are different to others. Its one of the major problems with elected representatives that they don't really represent the people that voted for them only thier own views and doing things that only suit them. I personally am glad that there is someone willing to stand up and speak out. It would be such a better system if all Cllr's were party indipendent and were truly representative of the people and thier own views and not have to tow the line. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Banjalucka says...

All a storm in a teacup, and over-reaction by a cllr full of his self-importance. There are a few moe like that in the Kremlin too.
All a storm in a teacup, and over-reaction by a cllr full of his self-importance. There are a few moe like that in the Kremlin too. Banjalucka
  • Score: -2

1:37pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

The politburo will not tolerate dissidents. The gulag for you!!
Let's hope Bright has the statesmanship to put a stop to this nonsense.
The politburo will not tolerate dissidents. The gulag for you!! Let's hope Bright has the statesmanship to put a stop to this nonsense. Woodgnome
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Woodgnome wrote:
The politburo will not tolerate dissidents. The gulag for you!!
Let's hope Bright has the statesmanship to put a stop to this nonsense.
Hahaha hee hee - Oh, you weren't joking?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: The politburo will not tolerate dissidents. The gulag for you!! Let's hope Bright has the statesmanship to put a stop to this nonsense.[/p][/quote]Hahaha hee hee - Oh, you weren't joking? GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -2

3:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

Arrogance within our Labour-led council? Shurley shome mishtake!

Well done to Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi for having conviction and passion.

When thinking about the current council, the people of Newport no doubt find it easy to agree with phrases such as 'inadequate response', 'unwillingness to be accountable', 'failure to substantiate statements', 'rash and unfair judgements', and 'lack the sensitivity and graciousness to admit to mistakes'. These are all ugly traits which defined the Council during 2013, particularly with issues such as the Chartist Mural.
Arrogance within our Labour-led council? Shurley shome mishtake! Well done to Cllr Miqdad Al-Nuaimi for having conviction and passion. When thinking about the current council, the people of Newport no doubt find it easy to agree with phrases such as 'inadequate response', 'unwillingness to be accountable', 'failure to substantiate statements', 'rash and unfair judgements', and 'lack[ing] the sensitivity and graciousness to admit to mistakes'. These are all ugly traits which defined the Council during 2013, particularly with issues such as the Chartist Mural. DavidMclean
  • Score: 2

12:54am Fri 24 Jan 14

snafu1 says...

Animal farm springs to mind,i,ll leave up to you to decide who is the pig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Animal farm springs to mind,i,ll leave up to you to decide who is the pig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! snafu1
  • Score: 0

3:43am Fri 24 Jan 14

gathin says...

All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
That's got to be the most accurate quotation ever made and sums up the political "class" perfectly whatever colour rosette they flippantly wear.
All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others. That's got to be the most accurate quotation ever made and sums up the political "class" perfectly whatever colour rosette they flippantly wear. gathin
  • Score: 1

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