Stratford and New Town by-election candidates revealed

The councillor was expelled as required by law after being given false information

The councillor was expelled as required by law after being given false information - Credit: Steve Poston

Candidates have been announced for the Stratford and New Town Ward by-election on May 7.

The by-election was called after a Newham Council blunder resulted in Labour’s Cllr Charlene McLean being given incorrect information about maternity leave.

As a result of pregnancy complications, she did not attend meetings between June and December 2014 and instead cared for her premature baby.

On her return in December, she found she was not entitled to maternity leave and the council had been forced to expel her.

At the time, mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, described the situation as “outrageous”.


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Residents will have the opportunity to re-elect the former councillor, who is running in the by-election.

Other candidates are Isabelle Clare Anderson for The Green Party; Conservative Matthew Gass; Ukip’s Jamie Ross McKenzie; Joe Mettle for the Christian Peoples Alliance and Bob Severn for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

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