Former Brent councillor banned over ‘cash-for-homes’ scandal plans to appeal decision

Atiq Malik, ex-Conservative representative for Queensbury, vows to fight ban

A controversial politician who has been banned by the Standards Board for England (SBE) from standing as a councillor for five years plans to lodge an appeal.

Atiq Malik, who served as a Conservative councillor for the Queensbury ward between 2006 and 2010, was disqualified after he duped a resident into paying him �3,000 in exchange for a council house.

Last week, a SBE hearing, which he had not attended, were told the 48-year-old gave Shahzad Akhtar the impression that as a councillor he would be able to obtain a council flat for him in Colindale in exchange for money.

The father-of-four, controversially defected from the Conservative Party to the Democratic Conservative Group, a splinter party he set up with fellow former Tory ward councillor Robert Dunwell, and has blogged on a website that he believed Sharia Law should be an option in the UK.

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Under the law, which is enforced in several Muslim countries, unmarried women who had sex or married woman who have affairs should be whipped.

He told the Times: “I have done nothing wrong. I will be appealing the decision.”

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