Tories apol­o­gise over elec­tion leaflet er­ror

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

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.

boost: An­nette Bee­ton re­ceiv­ing a cheque on be­half of Can­cer Re­search UK from Bar­bara Bird and Stu­art Ran­dall from Or­ton Mead­ows Golf Club. Picture: DAVID LOWN­DES.

CLAR­I­FI­CA­TION: Cllr Yas­meen Maq­bool had to is­sue a cor­rec­tion to her elec­tion cam­paign leaflet.

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