A DISGRACED councillor has been sacked from the Conservative ruling group of Wyre Forest District Council and is now being described as an independent.

Mumshad Ahmed, a Wyre Forest district and Worcestershire county councillor, is also expected to leave the Conservative party by the end of the day.

He was convicted on Tuesday for driving while disqualified and without insurance and given a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for one year, and banned from driving for two years.

His conviction related to charges in May but it has emerged Mr Ahmed was also arrested on June 15 on suspicion of driving while disqualified and without insurance. He is on police bail pending further enquiries.

Conservative John Campion, Leader of the district council, said: “I have today withdrawn the Conservative whip from councillor Ahmed following revelations in relation to his recent criminal convictions.

“The Conservative group on the district council expects the very highest of standards of behaviour from its members and it is now apparent that councillor Ahmed has dramatically failed to meet those standards and his membership is now untenable.

“The implications of today’s decision are that councillor Ahmed will no longer be a member of the district council Conservative group and will now be an independent councillor.

“Councillor Ahmed is expected to also resign his membership of the Wyre Forest Conservative Association today.”