Birmingham Ladywood Lib Dem PPC loses judicial review

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2009

The Birmingham Mail has the story:

… a city councillor [has] failed to overturn a judge’s ruling that he “scurrilously” tried to smear a Labour opponent when giving evidence in an election court.

Coun Ayoub Khan, who is his party’s prospective candidate for Ladywood at the next general election, hoped to clear his name after Elections Commissioner Timothy Straker QC found he had made up a “sordid” story in an attempt to falsely accuse Aston Labour councillor Muhammed Afzal of witness nobbling.

Mr Straker, in an election trial in Birmingham last year, also found that Coun Khan, who is a barrister, made up an “unpleasant and unsubstantiated” claim that Coun Afzal’s supporters were responsible for an arson attack on a Range Rover owned by a Liberal Democrat supporter.

More than two years after the trial, Coun Khan (Lib Dem Aston) finally exhausted grounds for appeal when two High Court judges ruled against an application for a judicial review into Mr Straker’s findings. …

senior Birmingham Liberal Democrat John Hemming said he believed Coun Khan had the support of local Liberal Democrats and was considering taking the issue to the Court of Appeal. Coun Khan faces a possible unprofessional conduct hearing, which could result in his suspension as a barrister.