Harrow Labour council candidate suspended following benefit fraud conviction

A Labour candidate in the forthcoming council elections has been suspended from the party after it was found he was a convicted benefit cheat.

Yogalingam Dayanamby had been selected as a Labour Party candidate to stand in the local elections later this month in Canons ward.

However in 2007 he was found guilty of fraudulently claiming £811.93 council tax benefit from Harrow Borough Council.

He was sentenced to a three-month curfew restricting the hours he is allowed out of his home for failing to declare he owned a second property.

Since the revelations, Mr Dayanamby has been suspended from the Labour Party and will not represent Labour in this month's elections.

A London Region Labour party spokesman said: "Following a meeting between David Perry, leader of the Labour Group, senior party officers and Yoganlingam Dyanamby, the Labour Party has taken immediate action to suspend Yoganlingam Dyanamby from the party.

“The Labour Party expects all its candidates to meet the highest standards and will continue to take action where appropriate when information to the contrary comes to light.”

Leader of the Conservative Group Susan Hall said: "Residents have a right to feel disappointed in Labour for putting forward such a candidate to represent them.

“Given that since 2010 Labour have seen two of their sitting councillors receive cautions and criminal convictions for the possession of indecent images of children and fraud, one would have thought they'd be exceptionally careful when selecting their candidates this time around.

“Evidently this has not been the case, and it suggests yet another serious lack of judgment on Labour's part."

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4:28pm Fri 2 May 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Voters would be really amused by the point scoring but perhaps matters like the overspent by sitting councillors, including the mayor, is more significant and extremely bad judgement on the part of the 'leader' of the council to let it happened!
Voters would be really amused by the point scoring but perhaps matters like the overspent by sitting councillors, including the mayor, is more significant and extremely bad judgement on the part of the 'leader' of the council to let it happened! Husain Akhtar
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1:15am Sat 3 May 14

SeaBee says...

Mr Akhtar, perhaps you should reconsider the sort of people that you mix with. It seems like only yesterday that they were all your friends.
Mr Akhtar, perhaps you should reconsider the sort of people that you mix with. It seems like only yesterday that they were all your friends. SeaBee
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3:22pm Sun 4 May 14

Arsalen says...

Now its also time to get rid of all the politicians over claiming on their expenses. They all do it.
Now its also time to get rid of all the politicians over claiming on their expenses. They all do it. Arsalen
  • Score: 5

9:56am Mon 5 May 14

diligaf says...

Nothing new here... all politicians and cllrs are crooks!!
Nothing new here... all politicians and cllrs are crooks!! diligaf
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8:49am Tue 6 May 14

Badspell says...

Will Milliband be grilled about this in the top politic programs, as Mr Farage is if any member of UKIP so much as ****? Very doubtful.
Will Milliband be grilled about this in the top politic programs, as Mr Farage is if any member of UKIP so much as ****? Very doubtful. Badspell
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8:53am Tue 6 May 14

Badspell says...

OK **** another word for breaking wind. re my last comment.
OK **** another word for breaking wind. re my last comment. Badspell
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