SLOUGH's leading councillor, who was suspended from the Labour Party last week, has now been removed as the head of the town's political group.

Cllr Sohail Munawar (Lab, Elliman) has been removed as leader of the Labour Group in Slough pending the outcome of an investigation by the Labour Party.

Cllr Munawar is currently suspended from the party, although he remains a member.

The deputy leader of the council, Cllr Sabia Hussain, is now the interim leader of the Labour Group.

Christine Hulme, chairwoman of the local Labour Party, said: "Cllr Munawar is no longer leader of the Labour Group.

"The Labour Group will be having a meeting in the next couple of days, where they will decide upon their next leader."

The investigation is being headed by Robert Evans, of the South East Regional Board for the Labour Party.

While the investigation is ongoing, Cllr Munawar cannot attend Labour Group meetings, although he is still expected to comply with the Group's instructions.

Cllr Munawar remains the leader of Slough Borough Council. He will remain leader regardless of the outcome of the Labour Party investigation, unless he resigns, or a motion is put forward to remove him in the next full council meeting on Tuesday, November 28.