Councillor blasted in card row

A COUNCILLOR was accused of making a gaffe when it was alleged she used the official council logo for political purposes. Carol Shaw, a Lib Dem councillor for Brondesbury Park ward, has stopped handing out business cards, which displayed Brent Council s

A COUNCILLOR was accused of making a gaffe when it was alleged she used the official council logo for political purposes.

Carol Shaw, a Lib Dem councillor for Brondesbury Park ward, has stopped handing out business cards, which displayed Brent Council's logo but which also named her fellow council candidate Barry Cheese, who is not a councillor.

Cllr Shaw said no public money had been spent in the production of the cards.

She said: "There was nothing done that was illegal or wrong. The council is not taking any action."

But she added: "From last week when this complaint came through, no more cards have been put out.

"I'm a straightforward councillor. I stick by the book. I've worked very hard. We are popular and when you are popular, people gun for you."

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Mr Cheese said: "I am councillor Shaw's assistant and I have been for a couple of years now. I can't see what the problem is."

But one opponent accused Cllr Shaw of 'arrogance' after he found one of the cards.

Morris Morris, who is running as an independent candidate for the council in Brondebsury Park, said: "This shows complete contempt of the electoral system."

A council spokeswoman said the cards were not paid for with public money and the council was not taking any action.

She declined to make any further comment.

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