ARGUS COMMENT: Pay hotel cash back, Mr Asghar

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Pay hotel cash back, Mr Asghar ARGUS COMMENT: Pay hotel cash back, Mr Asghar

WE AGREE wholeheartedly with Newport Tory leader David Fouweather's call for his party's local AM to pay back public money claimed for hotel stays in Cardiff.

Since this newspaper revealed last month that Mohammad Asghar had claimed more than £1,200 for 20 nights in hotels between 2012 and 2013, there has been virtual silence from the Tory camp.

Mr Asghar has issued one bland statement saying the claims were within the rules.

He did not even take the opportunity of using his Argus column last week to explain himself.

Now Mr Fouweather, leader of the Conservative group on Newport city council, has broken ranks.

He says Mr Asghar's 'within the rules' stance will not wash with a public still cynical about politicians after the MPs' expenses scandal.

Mr Fouweather is quite right.

To live in Newport and claim hotel stays in Cardiff to attend meetings that often started at 9am is ludicrous.

Thousands of people live in Newport but work in Cardiff. Many of them have to be in work far earlier than 9am. We doubt if any of them have hotels laid on for them by their employers.

In Mr Asghar's case, his employers are the public. And he owes us all an apology and a repayment - as done any other AM who has benefited in this way.

Forget the rule book - it's time to get out the cheque book.

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10:22am Mon 7 Jul 14

KarloMarko says...

And while the Tories are doing "repent", they should ask Nick Bourne to repay the £50,000 "golden goodbye" he quietly pocketed when he left the Assembley. No "austerity" for Prof Bourne if you please. That's for the little people.
And while the Tories are doing "repent", they should ask Nick Bourne to repay the £50,000 "golden goodbye" he quietly pocketed when he left the Assembley. No "austerity" for Prof Bourne if you please. That's for the little people. KarloMarko
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11:39am Mon 7 Jul 14

displayed says...

Mohammad Asghar:
"In December 2011, Asghar emailed fellow Conservatives asking them to support his wife in a vacant Newport City Council seat two days after the incumbent Les Knight had died." The email read:

"I am very sad about Coun Les Knight although it seems that things are already moving on in terms of the Allt-yr-yn seat. I would be very grateful if you could consider Firdaus Asghar to stand in the elections from Allt-yr-yn. I am sure you are aware that Firdaus has lived in the ward for more than 20 years and worked closely with Coun Knight on many constituency matters."

In August 2010, Asghar was selected to stand for the Welsh Conservatives in the 2011 Welsh assembly election.

David Fouweather said "There were numerous telephone calls made to myself by a representative of the party chairman’s office in London. These calls made it quite clear to me that Mohammad Asghar had to be re-adopted at all costs because of the embarrassment that it would create for the party."

"I was told that failure to re-adopt Mr Asghar could lead to my possible suspension from the party whilst an investigation was carried out to see if there were any racial motives for him not being adopted."

"Following his call for an investigation into Asghar's selection, Fouweather was asked by the Conservative Party to stand down as Chair of the South-East Wales Area Council."

"In 2011, Asghar was involved in a dispute with members of the Jamia Mosque and Al-Noor Mosque, the two largest Sunni mosques in Newport."

Hes obviously not making enuff money to warrant his time an trouble as Polly tican/ Canceller...........
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Mohammad Asghar: "In December 2011, Asghar emailed fellow Conservatives asking them to support his wife in a vacant Newport City Council seat two days after the incumbent Les Knight had died." The email read: "I am very sad about Coun Les Knight although it seems that things are already moving on in terms of the Allt-yr-yn seat. I would be very grateful if you could consider Firdaus Asghar to stand in the elections from Allt-yr-yn. I am sure you are aware that Firdaus has lived in the ward for more than 20 years and worked closely with Coun Knight on many constituency matters." In August 2010, Asghar was selected to stand for the Welsh Conservatives in the 2011 Welsh assembly election. David Fouweather said "There were numerous telephone calls made to myself by a representative of the party chairman’s office in London. These calls made it quite clear to me that Mohammad Asghar had to be re-adopted at all costs because of the embarrassment that it would create for the party." "I was told that failure to re-adopt Mr Asghar could lead to my possible suspension from the party whilst an investigation was carried out to see if there were any racial motives for him not being adopted." "Following his call for an investigation into Asghar's selection, Fouweather was asked by the Conservative Party to stand down as Chair of the South-East Wales Area Council." "In 2011, Asghar was involved in a dispute with members of the Jamia Mosque and Al-Noor Mosque, the two largest Sunni mosques in Newport." Hes obviously not making enuff money to warrant his time an trouble as Polly tican/ Canceller........... .................. displayed
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12:55pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I totally agree with the Argus editorial. There's been much scandal in mainstream politics recently and if politicians don't want us to lose all respect for them they really need to change their act. Once an electorate loses confidence in mainstream politics this is often how unelected extremists take the initiative and fill the vacuum. As Kevin pointed out in an earlier editorial, the media has a role to play in bringing this kind of stuff to our attention and it is refreshing to see an example of it here - though within the boundaries of existing libel and privacy laws, of course.
I totally agree with the Argus editorial. There's been much scandal in mainstream politics recently and if politicians don't want us to lose all respect for them they really need to change their act. Once an electorate loses confidence in mainstream politics this is often how unelected extremists take the initiative and fill the vacuum. As Kevin pointed out in an earlier editorial, the media has a role to play in bringing this kind of stuff to our attention and it is refreshing to see an example of it here - though within the boundaries of existing libel and privacy laws, of course. Katie Re-Registered
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2:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

portman says...

Yes! Pay it back or put it in the public sector workers strike fund , Don't forget Mr Ashar your a public sector worker too the difference is your on the gravy train where they are not .
Yes! Pay it back or put it in the public sector workers strike fund , Don't forget Mr Ashar your a public sector worker too the difference is your on the gravy train where they are not . portman
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2:20pm Mon 7 Jul 14

p stani says...

How on earth did this person get voted in,We all know, but there is no freedom of speech in this land.
How on earth did this person get voted in,We all know, but there is no freedom of speech in this land. p stani
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2:59pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Javez says...

Oh, Mr Asghar's a Comnservative now, is he?? I first remember seeing his name as a Lib Dem, then Plaid and now Conservative. I suspect this is one of those people who would jump on any ship to get elected, and then use every perk possible once there.

I trust him about as much as I trust his party leader, and that's to say nto at all.
Oh, Mr Asghar's a Comnservative now, is he?? I first remember seeing his name as a Lib Dem, then Plaid and now Conservative. I suspect this is one of those people who would jump on any ship to get elected, and then use every perk possible once there. I trust him about as much as I trust his party leader, and that's to say nto at all. Javez
  • Score: 3

5:10pm Mon 7 Jul 14

welshmen says...

p stani wrote:
How on earth did this person get voted in,We all know, but there is no freedom of speech in this land.
Simple, he has his own cultural voter fan base, any party, any election, he win's....as long has he helps the, "I want's" after....
[quote][p][bold]p stani[/bold] wrote: How on earth did this person get voted in,We all know, but there is no freedom of speech in this land.[/p][/quote]Simple, he has his own cultural voter fan base, any party, any election, he win's....as long has he helps the, "I want's" after.... welshmen
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