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Dr Ola not welcome in Labour says Southwark leader

Former Chaucer councillor Dr Abdur-Rahman Olayiwola's membership of the Labour Party has been rejected, says Southwark Labour group leader Peter John.

Cllr Peter John
Cllr Peter John

On Saturday we reported that former Chaucer ward Liberal Democrat councillor Dr Ola had rejoined the Labour Party.

Writing on his blog, Cllr John says: "I was delighted to be able to confirm that Dr Ola would NOT be joining the party. In fact his application for membership had been rejected after representations were made by the local Camberwell and Peckham party. Dr Ola should now have received a letter informing him that his application had been rejected."

"Dr Ola had lost any chance of joining the Party after he stood against Labour candidates in the local elections this year – and may well have cost us a seat in Chaucer ward where we came within 8 votes of winning."

Cllr John condemned what he described as "Dr Ola's ill-judged homophobic comments" which he says are "incompatible" with the Labour government's approach to equalities issues.

We have invited Dr Ola to respond to Cllr John's comments.

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