Portsoken aldermanic candidate says printer gaffe behind him



PREM GOYAL is hoping the controversy that marred the beginning of his election campaign can be consigned to the history books.

The Common Councillor was forced to apologise last month after admitting to using public funds to print off election leaflets promoting his candidacy.

And with his campaign now in full swing,  Mr Goyal has moved to reassure residents that he “always learns from his mistakes.”

“This was an honest mistake that occurred due to my enthusiasm and excitement about the prospect of standing and representing the community I love and have been part of for the last 18 years,” he explained to City Matters.

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Prem Goyal was hauled in front of the City Corporation’s Standards Committee over misuse of public funds.

“I have sincerely apologised and promptly reimbursed the £59.80 printing cost, and am pleased that the City standards assessment committee agreed no further investigation was necessary.

“I always learn from my mistakes and ensure they are not repeated.”

Meet the candidates: Portsoken Aldermanic Election

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Prem Goyal

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Now the dust has settled, Mr Goyal believes that the manner in which he is conducting the rest of his campaigning will strike a chord with residents.

“Each candidate has their own unique way of engaging the electorate,” he said.  

“I have made the positive case for Portsoken and have not been involved in any negative campaigning.

“My efforts are, and will always continue to be, focused on the ward of Portsoken and the issues that really matter to residents and businesses here.”