A Labour councillor who used his position and influence to get a family member’s parking tickets quashed has been allowed to keep his job – despite a £500,000 investigation into his behaviour.
Mahboob Hussain also pushed through the sale of three council-owned toilet blocks to a relative for almost £100,000 less than market value.
Sandwell Council has spent more than half a million pounds investigating him after he denied the allegations. It found he had breached the local authority’s code of conduct 12 times – but it has no power to sack him.
Mahboob Hussain (pictured) pushed through the sale of three council-owned toilet blocks to a relative for almost £100,000 less than market value
Instead, Mr Hussain, 57, has been ordered to undergo training on property transactions and his role as councillor.
He has also been barred from speaking to officers directly.
He had contacted council officers about parking tickets issued to his wife and sons, asking for them to be cancelled.
One, issued to his son Azeem Hafeez for stopping in a red route, was reduced from £105 to £35.
Two more, issued to another son, Adnan Hussain, and his wife, Nasreen Begurn, also for stopping in a restricted area, were cancelled completely even though bailiffs had already been instructed and no appeals lodged.
Last night, Mr Hussain, who has been a councillor for Oldbury in the West Midlands since 1995, was facing calls to stand down over the scandal.
Scott Chapman, chairman of Sandwell Conservatives, said: ‘It’s