Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Candidate Faces 'Dishonesty' Investigation

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Labour Candidate Faces 'Dishonesty' Investigation

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Byline: Kate Proctor Political Reporter

A LABOUR election candidate is being investigated by legal authorities for "suspected dishonesty" in his work as a solicitor.

The office of Wimbledon candidate Imran Uddin has been "seized" by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and clients' files have been confiscated.

The SRA said today it "intervened" in the Crescent Law practice in Morden, which is run by Mr Uddin and partner Muzammil Abid, as there "there were reasons to suspect dishonesty on the part of Mr Uddin and Mr Abid."

It added:"The practising certificates of Mr Uddin and Mr Abid have been automatically suspended, so they cannot practice as a solicitor." Mr Uddin, 37, who is also a councillor for St Helier ward on Merton council, was selected to fight the Tory-held seat in early May. Wimbledon Labour Party said it was "disappointed" to learn of the investigation and has written to Mr Uddin for clarification.

A Labour spokesman said it is an "ongoing private matter" for the candidate and he remains on the ballot paper for tomorrow's election. …

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