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Clr Chris Vobe suspended by Labour party
11:05am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
THE son of Warrington MP Helen Jones, Clr Chris Vobe, has been suspended by Labour party bosses.
Clr Vobe, who was elected in May, was informed of the decision on Tuesday.
He is now the second member of the town’s Labour councillors to be suspended by his own party after frontbencher Clr Hitesh Patel was suspended last month.
The Warrington Guardian understands the allegations surround the potential hacking of computer accounts.
A letter sent to Clr Vobe, seen by the Warrington Guardian, from Labour bosses says the decision was taken due to ‘serious allegations’ against him.
It reads: “It follows the receipt of serious allegations against you, which are now the subject of police inquiries.
“Subject to the outcome of police inquiries, the general secretary will appoint an officer to arrange conduct of the party’s own investigation into this matter.”
A spokesman for Labour North West said: "Chris Vobe has been suspended from the Labour Party while an investigation takes place.
"It would not be appropriate to comment any further at this point."
Clr Vobe declined to comment.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said an investigation is taking place.
She added: "On October 3, Cheshire Police received information relating to the unlawful access of data held on private computers in the Warrington area.
“The investigation remains in its early stages and enquiries are continuing.”
Clr Patel (Great Sankey South) has still not had his hearing after he was suspected to be behind leaks sent to the press.
He refused to comment on the latest developments but said this when he was suspended a month ago.
He added: "This is a purely political dispute which will be resolved internally by the Labour party.
“There are serious questions for Helen Jones MP to answer about the conduct and behaviour of her son, Clr Chris Vobe towards democratically elected Labour councillors in Warrington and I expect to be exonerated.”
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