Mystery posters put up in south Leeds claiming ward councillors in City and Hunslet ward are missing have been branded “malicious”.
The posters accusing Couns Mohammed Iqbal, Elizabeth Nash and Patrick Davey of not being seen enough in their Leeds City Council ward appeared in Beeston and Hunslet over the weekend and have since caused a storm on social media.
Dubbed ‘election mischief’ online, the posters criticise the fact that all three councillors live outside the ward and offer a tongue-in-cheek reward for anyone who finds them to take over their jobs and be given a councillor’s £14,000-a-year allowance.
They read: “Have you seen any of these three people? They are our elected councillors, and are supposed to be working to improve our community but they are hardly ever seen locally, except at election times.
“Apparently they are to be found faraway in north Leeds, where they all live (but that doesn’t help us). We’re worried that they might be lost.”
The councillors have reacted angrily to the criticism, stating that at least one City and Hunslet councillor is in Hunslet every week, attending monthly meetings of local residents’s associations, while advice surgeries take place on the first Saturday of each month at Hunslet Carr Sports and Social Club and on the second Tuesday of every month at Leeds Civic Hall.
Speaking for all three City and Hunslet councillors, Coun Nash (Lab, City and Hunslet) claims to have contacted the police to see if they can trace the “illegal flyposters”.
“The posters are pure malicious speculation and have no foundation whatsoever,” she said. “I would like to add that it’s cowardly that there’s no author to those posters – I suspect it’s a failing political party because the same thing happened in Harehills during the last election.”