Two-month suspension for Leeds court case councillor

Coun Andrea McKenna.
Coun Andrea McKenna.
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A Leeds councillor and former lady mayoress has been suspended after pleading guilty to misuse of a blue disabled parking badge.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed last month that Andrea McKenna, a Labour member for Leeds City Council, had been fined £120 by magistrates in September after being ticketed.

The council’s Labour group confirmed at the time that it was conducting an investigation into the case amid claims an e-mail had been sent by a council officer to the local authority’s parking manager which included an unsuccessful request for the ticket to be cancelled.

Now the group has announced it has imposed a two-month suspension on Coun McKenna, who represents Garforth and Swillington.

She is also resigning as chair of the council’s outer east community committee.

A Labour spokesman told the YEP: “Coun Andrea McKenna has been suspended from the Labour group for a period of two months.

“She will also resign her position as chair of the outer east community committee.”

Coun McKenna was given her parking ticket when she was caught wrongfully using the blue badge on Wormald Row, off Albion Street in Leeds, on February 11 this year.

The council introduced a policy of prosecuting badge cheats as a first option instead of a last resort in late 2012.

Contacted last month by the YEP, Coun McKenna said she had received her parking ticket while she was in a “rush” for an appointment.

Asked if she had tried to have the ticket cancelled, Coun McKenna did not reply then put the phone down.

Yesterday she told the YEP she accepted the findings of the investigation, adding: “I will continue to represent the people of Garforth and Swillington to the best of my ability as I have always done.”

Coun McKenna served as Leeds’s lady mayoress in 2010 and 2011.