The Northern Herald would like to apologise for quoting from the following South Tyneside Council statement;
“The returning officer is pleased that the court dismissed Mr Khan’s applications and ordered Mr Khan to pay the costs of the proceedings.
It is to be hoped that this is now the end of these proceedings and so avoid any further costs”
The statement should have actually read;
“The returning officer is absolutely over the moon that the Council got away with this. How dare Mr Khan try to bring this to the attention of the public. As a punishment he will have to pay the bill for our incompetence. Hopefully, this will also deter any other members of the public from taking similar action.
It is hoped that this is the end of these proceedings, as to get away with it twice would be expecting too much from Lady Luck.”