A former parliamentary candidate has been indefinitely suspended by the Labour Party in Peterborough.
Labour and Cooperative Councillor Ed Murphy, who represents Ravensthorpe in Peterborough City Council, has been removed from the party whip.
No reason has been given for the suspension, which was confirmed by the Peterborough Labour group, with a spokeswoman only stating that: “We can’t comment on internal group matters.”
However, it was revealed last month in minutes of the Labour AGM, which were mistakenly sent to the Peterborough Telegraph, that Cllr Murphy was being investigated by the group whip.
The minutes stated: “Councillor [Richard] Ferris raised the issue of Cllr Murphy using social media to communicate matters which could damage the Labour group.
“The Chair halted any discussion on this since the matter was being investigated by the Group Whip.”
The use of social media is believed to refer to a tweet from Cllr Murphy, since deleted, where he stated his intention to run as leader of the council last month.
Cllr Murphy had also confirmed he had planned to stand as leader when speaking to the PT.
However, in the end the Conservative Cllr John Holdich was unopposed as council leader after Labour’s Cllr Mohammed Jamil, who was chosen to be the party’s candidate, did not run against him.
Leaked emails then suggested the Labour group had forgotten to nominate Cllr Jamil as council leader.
Cllr Murphy fought the 2010 general election for Labour in the Peterborough seat but was defeated by Conservative Stewart Jackson by 4,861 votes.
According to the council website, he has been a councillor since 2011.
Cllr Murphy, who was re-elected as a councillor last month, said he is undecided on whether he will appeal the decision to suspend him which was made at a group meeting last night (Wednesday, June 17).
He added: “I can’t comment as it might prejudice any appeal.”
Labour Cllr Jo Johnson said last month there was to be a vote of no confidence in Labour leader Cllr Jamil for not standing as leader of the council.
A Labour spokeswoman said: “There has been no motion of no confidence put forward in the leader. Mohammed Jamil has the full support of the Labour group.”