The Labour Party has selected a new candidate for the Foleshill
Ward of Coventry – for the second time in just three months.
Mrs Meto Lakha has been chosen to stand in the area after the
selection process had to be restarted when party officials found that
the last victor was actually ineligible.
Mrs Lakha was voted in at a meeting last week, and admitted the
move has brought to an end a rather bizarre run of circumstances.
"I am delighted to have been selected and I am now dedicated
to doing my best for the people of Foleshill.
"There was a candidate selected in October but the party
then realised that they had not been a member for 12 months, which
is the minimum requirement in party rules."
Gordon Wright, 75, who is the husband of current mayor Joan Wright has
lost his position to Mrs Lakha, but she admits he is a figure that she
"This is not about personalities at all. I did not ask to be
put forward I was asked.
"Mr Wight is someone who has served a long time in the party
and has done very good things for the people he has represented,
there is certainly no bitterness between us."
Meto Lakha will now serve her second stint as a councillor after
spending two years in the Radford ward, and she admits she is
relishing the new challenge.
"Foleshill has a great mix of race, age and origin and it is
my job to communicate with these people and advise them on anything
they need help with.
"The council elections are on 4 May and before then I will
be attending meetings and holding workshops so that anybody who
needs me can contact me.
"I enjoy the job greatly and it gives you great satisfaction
when you achieve something for somebody and make their life
However, the appointment will mean that the new candidate will see
less of her husband, who is a councillor for the Binley and Willenhall
"We will both be hugely busy but we have been married for 23
years and we always make time for each other.
"We also have three grown up children, and I run the tuck
shop at the Hijaz College of Languages so it is a very busy