In February 2012, Rochdale Online told that “Councillor Farooq Ahmed has been reinstated into the Labour party and his position as finance portfolio holder on the Council Cabinet after a police investigation concluded that no action would be taken over a video that emerged earlier this year purported to show him smoking cannabis … Councillor Ahmed was suspended by the Labour party, and from his Council Cabinet position, whilst an investigation took place”. Ahmed’s comments make interesting reading.
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“In recent weeks my constituency office and I have received a number of complaints about Councillor Farooq Ahmed - your cabinet member for finance - which I have to bring to your attention” tells Danczuk, although the letter is short on specifics. But the video gets top billing: “On Friday a constituent came into my office and showed me a video of Councillor Farooq Ahmed smoking a cannabis joint”.
Danczuk then suggests that Ahmed may be “attempting to unduly influence planning decisions”, that he has “given the impression that he has broken the rules”. Again, there is nothing offered in support of the claim.
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The allegations just keep on coming: “A long list of erratic behaviour appears to be developing”, Danczuk tells Lambert. The MP had met Ahmed “and discussed rumours that were beginning to circulate. These concentrate on his personal life, in which I have no interest, but I thought he should be aware of”. Rumours. Suggestions. Innuendo.