Coronavirus: Luton Mayor Tahir Malik resigns after breaking lockdown rules by going to party | UK News

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The mayor of Luton has resigned after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules by going to a party.

Councilor Tahir Malik said he regretted attending the meeting – and repeated his apologies after doing so last month when he was pictured at the event with a mask hanging below his face.

The Labor Party member said he initially planned to wait for the outcome of a disciplinary process but decided to step down after discussing the matter with his family.

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There were double the number of people allowed at an outdoor gathering

“Once again, I regret my actions which were below the level of my position and I want to sincerely apologize to the people of Luton for attending this rally which violated the COVID-19[feminine[feminine lockdown restrictions, ”he said.

“There is no excuse for what I did. I should have known better and I accept full responsibility for my actions.

“I felt it was important for the disciplinary process – both in the council and within the Labor Party – to determine the outcome and the punishment for my actions, but after reflecting with my family over the past few days, we agreed that the best thing I could do for the city was to resign my post with immediate effect. ”

He said it was “an honor” to be mayor for 15 months.

“I have learned a valuable lesson, but I hope the consequences of my actions will remind the people of Luton of the importance of following COVID-19 guidelines because it remains a real and serious threat,” he said. declared.

“My initial wish is to see our fantastic city and our communities unite to overcome this terrible disease.

“We must continue to support each other, be kind and take care of each other and recognize how people from all walks of life, beliefs and backgrounds have stepped up to help others during this crisis.

Luton Council said in a statement that a new mayor would be appointed at a meeting on September 29.

Photos of the rally in the town of Bedfordshire were shared on Facebook in July, prompting complaints from local residents.

Councilors Waheed Akbar and Asif Masood were also present and both apologized. About nine other men – double the number allowed under coronavirus restrictions – were at the party.

Council leader Councilor Hazel Simmon added: “I would like to thank Councilor Malik for his service as mayor of Luton.

“He made a mistake that he deeply regrets, and I know he and his family are really suffering right now. Previously, he had been an excellent ambassador for the city at the local and national level, raising a lot of money for charities during the process. . “

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