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MP convicted of sexually molesting boy, 15, fails to keep his promise to resign | Conservatives

An MP discovered responsible of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy is being urged by native Tories to fulfil his promise to stand down, after it emerged that he has nonetheless not formally resigned from his Westminster seat.

The household of Imran Ahmad Khan – who was expelled from the Tory celebration after his conviction earlier this month – have additionally been requested to intervene to guarantee he goes via with his promise to stand down within the Wakefield seat which he received from Labour on the final election.

Khan acknowledged this month that he was planning to resign. He stated his intention to attraction towards his conviction had led him to “regrettably come to the conclusion that it is intolerable for constituents to go years without an MP who can amplify their voices in parliament”.

MPs who need to resign have to write to the Treasury to start the method. A date for a byelection can then be set. However, it’s understood that no such letter has but been obtained. Khan’s office didn’t reply to inquiries about when he would submit his resignation.

Local Tories are sounding the alarm. Tony Homewood, a Tory councillor in Wakefield who acted as Ahmad Khan’s election agent in 2019, stated he had famous Khan’s failure to set off the resignation course of with “considerable regret”. He appealed to Khan’s brothers – one of whom, Karim, is a prosecutor on the worldwide legal court docket (ICC) in The Hague – to intervene.

“I realise that [Karim Khan] is involved in very important work at the ICC but I implore him to intervene in this matter,” he tweeted. “I would remind everyone reading this tweet … that the Khan family are good Wakefield people and are not responsible for the appalling behaviour of one of their number, which I can assure you they will certainly not condone. We pick our friends but we can’t pick our relatives.”

The Wakefield byelection can be a critical check of whether or not the federal government retains the help within the “red wall” seats that it received from Labour on the final election. Labour had beforehand held the seat for 87 years. There had been rumours that former shadow chancellor Ed Balls may run for the seat, however he has since dominated himself out. Labour’s earlier MP, Mary Creagh, has stated she won’t be standing once more.

Ed Balls
It had been rumoured Ed Balls may run for the seat. Photograph: Jonathan Hordle/Rex/Shutterstock

Whichever candidate the celebration places ahead, Labour stands an opportunity of successful its first byelection victory since 2012.

Dawn Shedding, who was taking her granddaughters for a stroll on a vibrant morning within the metropolis centre, stated though she had voted for Khan in 2019, she had not been a fan. “I don’t think he did much for Wakefield but then nobody ever does,” she stated. “We’re forgotten about here.”

The cash-strapped Labour-held council didn’t entice her help, nonetheless. “There’s no investment really, nothing for the young kids to do like there used to be.” Though she plans to vote within the native election on 5 May, she has not made up her thoughts who to vote for, contemplating the events “two bad choices”.

Local figures stated that main points with the native transport community could be a component within the byelection. It was nationwide politics – notably “Partygate” – that was on the forefront of individuals’s minds in Wakefield final week, nonetheless. “I don’t think much of Starmer but Boris has to go,” stated Iain Bryant, procuring with his daughter Jess within the metropolis centre.

“I didn’t vote Conservative in the last election, but I had some sympathies for him. Nobody wants to be a prime minister during a pandemic and up until recently I thought he did quite a good job. Now with all the talk about the parties and him getting fined, that annoyed me quite a lot to be honest. I’m glad he got fined but it’s not enough.”

Jess, whose grandmother died of Covid in a care house with out household round, added: “It’s easy to forget that he said that line about ‘letting the bodies pile up’. It seems like such a long time ago. But for the people who lost someone during that time, you don’t forget things like that. If I was ever going to vote Conservative, which I probably wouldn’t have anyway, I certainly wouldn’t now.”

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