A CONTROVERSIAL former councillor has announced his intention to seek re-election next month.
Ahmed Khan represented the Beacon and Bents ward in South Shields as an independent from 2008 to 2012, when he lost the seat to Labour’s Coun John Anglin.
He was back on the electoral trail last May, when he finished fourth in the South Shields Parliamentary by-election.
Mr Khan says he has decided to put himself forward again as a candidate in Beacon and Bents at the poll on Thursday, May 22, despite suffering a heart attack last year.
He is one of dozens of candidates across 18 wards in the borough who are expected to throw their hats into the ring after election nominations opened at 9.30am today.
Mr Khan, 53, was a thorn in the side of the ruling Labour group when he was last on the council.
He says he intends to use the lessons he learned first time around to make life difficult again for the council’s ruling Labour group – if he can defeat sitting party councillor John Wood next month.
Mr Khan says he would fight for more transparency and public accountability within the council.
He said: “If the ruling group thought I was vocal and difficult to control the first time around, I aim to be back with a vengeance.”
Mr Khan is advocating free parking in the town centre and says he will highlight local issues such as potholes and litter and called the £100m South Shields 365 regeneration plan for the town centre “pie in the sky”.