Tories apologise over election leaflet error
MISLEADING information on an election leaflet concerning a city high school prompted an apology from the Conservative Party on Peterborough City Council.
Leaflets distributed by West Ward candidate – and now new city councillor – Yasmeen Maqbool stated that she hoped to become a governor on the Jack Hunt School “so that I can be of further assistance, given that it is now becoming an academy”.
But the school has no plans to become an academy at this stage and headteacher Pamela Kilbey had to send out a letter to parents assuring them that they would be the first to know about any future plans.
The Conservatives – who suffered a disappointing night in last week’s elections, with Cllr Maqbool’s success one of few positive points for the ruling party – have apologised to the school and issued a clarification letter which was distributed by Cllr Maqbool to homes in the area.
Cllr Maqbool said there had been a “misunderstanding” over the school’s status and that the majority of clarification letters were sent out prior to election day, May 3.
She said: “I have also hand delivered a letter for the head of Jack Hunt School apologising for the human error made and have asked to meet her so we can end this matter and see how we can work together to support the school and area.”
Jack Hunt School also clarified Cllr Maqbool’s remark that she had applied to become a governor at the school, making it clear that while she had given her name to the city council for potential governorship at the school, there were currently no positions available.
The letter sent to parents by Mrs Kilbey said: “With regard to academy status, the governing body has for the last few years, as they do for any initiative in education, discussed the advantages and disadvantages of such status for our school and will continue to do so.
“However, currently there are no
(METP-21-04-12DL002) plans to become an academy and I can only imagine the distress parents of the school who live in the West Ward must have felt when they read this and thought that we were making such a move without consulting our parents in any way.
“We have obviously raised these inaccuracies with the local Conservative Office and received an apology and an assurance that they will be sending information through to the residents of West Ward with the correct information.”
Cllr Maqbool became the first female Muslim to be elected to the city council last week when she polled 1,079 votes for a clear victory over Labour’s Bedrea Laftah, who polled 547.
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CLARIFICATION: Cllr Yasmeen Maqbool had to issue a correction to her election campaign leaflet.