A LABOUR Councillor from Blackpool has been suspended by the party under ‘mysterious circumstances’, joining the growing list of Labour councillors across the country who have been suspended for antisemitism, illegal activity, or ‘inappropriate online behaviour’.
Councillor Jim Hobson, who was re-elected to represent Bloomfield ward at the May 4 local elections, has been administratively suspended.
The Labour Party have confirmed the suspension but declined to provide the reasons behind the measure.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “The party does not comment on internal party matters and any complaints from party members are investigated in line with our rules and procedures.”
Prior to the elections, Coun Hobson served as cabinet member for children’s social care and schools, and had helped oversee improvements which saw children’s services rated as ‘requires improvement’ in February this year, following its previous ’inadequate’ rating.
Labour retook control of Blackpool Council at the local elections after winning 28 of the 42 seats, with the Conservatives winning 14.