People in Southall are rallying around a former councillor who has been barred from standing again by the London Labour party.
Last Friday night, residents along with faith, business and community leaders gathered to discuss the sanction against Cllr Zahida Noori of Southall Broadway ward before passing a resolution to press for an independent review into her de-selection.
Ealing Labour leader Julian Bell, said the decision was made by the London Labour Party and therefore the council could not comment.
Sahel Ali, chairman of the Darussalam Mosque in Hayes Road, who helped organised the meeting, said: “The unity of the people from various ethnic, religious and social backgrounds is itself a true reflection of Mrs Noori’s strong links with her community and the fact that she is a very influential woman and a big unifying force.
"Mrs Noori has a political career which spans more than two decades. Not too long ago she was shortlisted and highly commended for the 2012 Community Champion Of The Year by the Local Government Information Unit.”
Parvinder Singh Garcha, general secretary at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Park Avenue, Southall, said: “What we are saying is that Cllr Noori is very popular in the Southall community and that locally, she has a lot of support. There is a feeling that she has been treated unfairly.”
Supporters are distributing 10,000 leaflets around Southall this week and said they would like to organise a meeting with representatives from the London Labour Party.
Mrs Noori was censured by Ealing Council last month. The censure relates to a ward forum meeting in June 2012 in which she breached the code of conduct for councillors by arguing with the chairman.
It has no legal ramifications but is an official way for a council to express disapproval at a councillor's behaviour.
The Gazette contacted Mrs Noori for a response but she said she could not comment for legal reasons.
A spokesperson for the London Labour party said: “Being a Labour councillor is not a job for life and we are proud that we have the most rigorous selection procedures to ensure we have the best team of candidates before the voters of Ealing in the borough elections in May. We demand high standards from those representing Labour. Councillor Noori did not meet those standards at interview and was not successful on appeal to a separate panel.”