Complaints 'unfair' - Newport councillor

South Wales Argus: 'TRIVIAL COMPLAINTS': Newport council Stow Hill Labour councillor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi 'TRIVIAL COMPLAINTS': Newport council Stow Hill Labour councillor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi

A NEWPORT councillor has slammed complaints that led to him being given a written warning as unfair and spurious.

Miqdad Al-Nuaimi, a Newport council Stow Hill Labour councillor, says he now wishes to move on after an investigation by group whips into complaints made by two cabinet members.

Council Labour group chief whip Trevor Watkins said Cllr Al-Nuaimi was treated fairly and that the sanction could have been worse.

The complaint is apparently relating to something he had said at a private meeting.

“I have been under tremendous strain for the last two months over something I consider both spurious and trivial,” said Cllr Al-Nuaimi.

“I have attended two hearings. I had a strong case for rebuttal of those trivial and spurious complaints, I wish to move on now.”

The Argus first reported in January that Cllr Al-Nuaimi was facing an internal Labour group investigation after Cllr Bob Poole, cabinet member for education, complained about him.

At the time it was widely thought that the investigation came off the back of an email, sent to all councillors, where he blasted Cllr Bob Poole as arrogant.

Cllr Al-Nuaimi has now revealed that at the first hearing in January the complaint seemed to actually be about a written question relating to the Gaer schools merger he’d sent to Cllr Poole on December 23, accusing him of giving a “woefully inadequate answer” and asking him further queries.

But a a later hearing on March 5 it appeared that the complaint was about something he was alleged to have said at a Labour group meeting on October 21, 2013. He said he couldn’t reveal what was said at the private meeting.

Cllr Al-Nuaimi said he didn’t accept that he had broken party rules and had written to Welsh Labour to appeal over his written warning, but a Welsh Labour spokesman told the Argus that there was no such right.

Cllr Watkins said that the whips had adjourned the first hearing to clarify the complaints made, which he said had been made by two cabinet members.

He explained he wasn’t prepare to go into the detail of the complaint.

Cllr Watkins confirmed one was Cllr Poole but did not give details of the second.

Cllr Watkins said: “It was a fair hearing and was a fair judgement that come out of it.

The Argus had attempted to contact Cllr Bob Poole but was informed he would not be making a comment.

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9:58am Wed 2 Apr 14

Lliswerry Man says...

Personally find it ridiculous that "elected by the people" members have no right to say what they feel is in the best interests of their constituents and must follow what is in the parties interest as seems to be the case with modern politics

They are ALL just puppets having strings pulled, the whole politic structure needs to be re-evaluated.

They are not elected to represent the party, they are merely from that party. IF we are just going to have puppets, then we no longer need area councillors, just one puppet who wants to spout the parties agenda's ( whichever that may be )

Its time the people stood up and used their rights... it will happen sooner or later.
Personally find it ridiculous that "elected by the people" members have no right to say what they feel is in the best interests of their constituents and must follow what is in the parties interest as seems to be the case with modern politics They are ALL just puppets having strings pulled, the whole politic structure needs to be re-evaluated. They are not elected to represent the party, they are merely from that party. IF we are just going to have puppets, then we no longer need area councillors, just one puppet who wants to spout the parties agenda's ( whichever that may be ) Its time the people stood up and used their rights... it will happen sooner or later. Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 9

10:14am Wed 2 Apr 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

I agree with Lliswerry Man in as much that National Political parties should not get in the way of local ward issues.

The people elected to represent our housing estates should be allowed to say what they feel is right and then debate the issues. They should not be held back by any political machine.

We elect people to speak out for us on local issues only to be heard then disregarded.

No wonder Newport is the mess it is after being near Labour controlled since it existed.

Well done Councillor Al-Nuaimi.
I agree with Lliswerry Man in as much that National Political parties should not get in the way of local ward issues. The people elected to represent our housing estates should be allowed to say what they feel is right and then debate the issues. They should not be held back by any political machine. We elect people to speak out for us on local issues only to be heard then disregarded. No wonder Newport is the mess it is after being near Labour controlled since it existed. Well done Councillor Al-Nuaimi. Votefornoneoftheabove
  • Score: 19

10:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

minesapint says...

Dictionary definition of arrogant;-
having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities. As a member of Bob Pooles ward I would say this sums him up perfectly.
Dictionary definition of arrogant;- having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities. As a member of Bob Pooles ward I would say this sums him up perfectly. minesapint
  • Score: 10

1:04pm Wed 2 Apr 14

askiro says...

Must agree with all the above comments. And its good to see that a councillor is looking out for his own ward . Well done mr Al Nuaimi.
Must agree with all the above comments. And its good to see that a councillor is looking out for his own ward . Well done mr Al Nuaimi. askiro
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Chartist follower says...

Simply another case of the arrogance of the old school Labour Party.
Stow Hill ward? Was that not the place where the local councillor were not even told that the council was to remove the mural in their ward.
Local party politics are a joke in Newport and elsewhere
The number of councillors with any power at all are only the number in the Cabinet so the rest really are redundant.
Now reducing the number of Councillors is a real way to save money and bring back vital services.
Simply another case of the arrogance of the old school Labour Party. Stow Hill ward? Was that not the place where the local councillor were not even told that the council was to remove the mural in their ward. Local party politics are a joke in Newport and elsewhere The number of councillors with any power at all are only the number in the Cabinet so the rest really are redundant. Now reducing the number of Councillors is a real way to save money and bring back vital services. Chartist follower
  • Score: 5

6:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

Aren't these people supposed to be representing their wards. Since when have we had party whips, party lines etc this should be about our town not political parties. Its time we scrapped party politics at local level and started electing people who actually care about the ward and the town that they live in.
Aren't these people supposed to be representing their wards. Since when have we had party whips, party lines etc this should be about our town not political parties. Its time we scrapped party politics at local level and started electing people who actually care about the ward and the town that they live in. blackandamber
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

blackandamber wrote:
Aren't these people supposed to be representing their wards. Since when have we had party whips, party lines etc this should be about our town not political parties. Its time we scrapped party politics at local level and started electing people who actually care about the ward and the town that they live in.
blackandamber, You would have thought that when you vote for someone at local council level that they would have your best interests at heart.

Unfortunately career minded people have realised that they are on a nice little earner by being elected. The first thing that they need to do is become part of the local Labour party in Newport.

It has been proved that you don't have to show any interest in your ward. For example, my local councillor Mr Bob Bright has lived in Alt yr ryn for close on if not all the time he has represented Ringland ward.

What have we gained? well recently he decided to re-run the travellers sites again and it looks as if we are being pencilled in for both sites.

What has he gained, well that is around £50 k per annum in allowances or close to a quarter of a million pounds in the five years he is leader. What has St Julian's gained from Labour's antics a councillor from Cardiff.....

In my ward alone it will cost the taxpayer of Newport £ 380,000 pounds for the five years they are elected.

That money could have been spent on better things than just three individuals, perhaps I am wrong.

Newport was at the forefront with the chartist movement, we need to be at the front again and get rid of National politics in local issues.

Before the 2017 local council elections the people of Newport should give the big three, Labour, Conservative and the Lib Dems a wake up call and vote for local people that are non political that want to look after their ward and not their own wallets and purses.

Ready to be shot down as always and remember Vote for none of the above in 2017. It's a nice thought but it will never be a reality. Newport is Labour and Labour is Newport and what a great example it sends out to the outside world.

Perhaps Mr Miliband could use Newport as an example of what good looks like during the next General Election campaign, I think not!
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Aren't these people supposed to be representing their wards. Since when have we had party whips, party lines etc this should be about our town not political parties. Its time we scrapped party politics at local level and started electing people who actually care about the ward and the town that they live in.[/p][/quote]blackandamber, You would have thought that when you vote for someone at local council level that they would have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately career minded people have realised that they are on a nice little earner by being elected. The first thing that they need to do is become part of the local Labour party in Newport. It has been proved that you don't have to show any interest in your ward. For example, my local councillor Mr Bob Bright has lived in Alt yr ryn for close on if not all the time he has represented Ringland ward. What have we gained? well recently he decided to re-run the travellers sites again and it looks as if we are being pencilled in for both sites. What has he gained, well that is around £50 k per annum in allowances or close to a quarter of a million pounds in the five years he is leader. What has St Julian's gained from Labour's antics a councillor from Cardiff..... In my ward alone it will cost the taxpayer of Newport £ 380,000 pounds for the five years they are elected. That money could have been spent on better things than just three individuals, perhaps I am wrong. Newport was at the forefront with the chartist movement, we need to be at the front again and get rid of National politics in local issues. Before the 2017 local council elections the people of Newport should give the big three, Labour, Conservative and the Lib Dems a wake up call and vote for local people that are non political that want to look after their ward and not their own wallets and purses. Ready to be shot down as always and remember Vote for none of the above in 2017. It's a nice thought but it will never be a reality. Newport is Labour and Labour is Newport and what a great example it sends out to the outside world. Perhaps Mr Miliband could use Newport as an example of what good looks like during the next General Election campaign, I think not! Votefornoneoftheabove
  • Score: 5

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