Labour re-admits suspended Indian-origin leader

Labour re-admits suspended Indian-origin leader

Manish Sood, 38, a councillor in Leicester, kicked up a storm with his comments, embarrassing the Labour party that went on to lose power in the May 2010 elections.
Sood was then a Labour candidate in the Norfolk North West constituency, which he lost.
He was re-admitted to the party last week after an internal investigation, reports from Leicester said.

"I made the comments to a local newspaper in Norfolk where I was standing as a parliamentary candidate. It was a minor interview and I didn't realise it would grow to be such a huge story," Sood told the local media.

"Perhaps I could have approached the subject in a different way. I stand by what I said, but not how I said it. I've paid the price, Sood said.

"Because I was suspended, I couldn't stand for re-selection as Labour's Fosse ward candidate. I love the Labour party, I was just unhappy with the direction we were heading in under Gordon Brown. However I like Ed Miliband's leadership." He added.
Labour group and city council leader Veejay Patel said: "There was a full internal investigation and Manish has had his suspension lifted."

On May 4, two days before the nation went to the polls, Sood had said: "I believe Gordon Brown has been the worst prime minister we have had in this country. It is a disgrace and he owes an apology to the people and the Queen. "Immigration has gone up, which is creating friction within communities. The country is getting bigger and messier. The role of ministers has gone bureaucratic and the action of ministers has gone downhill – it is corrupt."

He later apologised for the remarks and said, "I didn't realise it would cause so much havoc. It was the last thing the party needed just before an election".

Sood, whose mother Manjula Sood was Britain's first Asian woman Lord Mayor in Leicester, added: "I suppose that without all that negative publicity we might have won a few more seats. I stand by what I said, but not how I said it. Looking back, I should have raised my concerns more discreetly.