A LABOUR  councillor who attended only four meetings in a year will not be standing in next year's May elections.

Cllr Zahir Ahmed, who represents the Daneshouse and Stoneyholme ward in Burnley and is currently in Pakistan visiting his ill parents, will quit said Labour leader Cllr Julie Cooper.

Mr Ahmed, who is required to attend full council meetings, only managed four out of a possible 10 – at a cost of £675 each.

Cllr Cooper said: "He will not be seeking re-election as he cannot himself commit 100 per cent. For him to stand down immediately could cost the town a lot of money."

The attendance record came to light after an anonymous letter, signed by "concerned people" from the ward was sent to the town's local papers claiming Cllr Ahmed "never attends a meeting and never has any direct or indirect contact with his voters."