Response to recent inaccurate media stories

12 Jan

Several inaccurate articles have recently surfaced relating to Councillor Varinder Singh Bola and his wife Mundill Mahil. These misleading stories are based on a 2016 Daily Mail article containing several untruths and falsehoods, all of which were strongly refuted through the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

Responding to the recent stories, Cllr Varinder Singh Bola, said: “I’m really looking forward to starting my Mayoral term later this year and fundraising for local charities in Redbridge.

“It’s an exciting time for me. I have been inundated with supportive messages from friends, former classmates and teachers.”

He added: “I stand by my wife who has long been involved in charities and grassroots politics, well before I even met her. We have refrained from publicising our side of the story, and instead have been focusing on giving back to the community.”

Mundill is a great example of a young woman who has gone through our criminal justice system and is making a positive contribution to society through mentoring and supporting others. No one can turn back the clock and I only wish people would refrain from passing judgment without knowing the full details, or rerunning half the story at every life event.

Seperately, Jocelyn Hillman OBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Working Chance, said: “Working Chance is a charity which helps women with convictions rehabilitate back into employment and mainstream society after release from prison. Mundill served her sentence and is now herself working for charitable causes including the reintegration of offenders.

“We are aspirational for the women we support at Working Chance, and one of our mottos is “Look where I’m going, not where I’ve been.” Any press attention should focus on the contribution Mundill is making to society today, as a good example of how reform and rehabilitation should operate.”