Ms Lashley, a councillor for the Granby ward and the deputy Lord Mayor, is ready to appeal to the NEC against a decision by her regional party to drop her as a candidate at next year's local elections.
One senior NEC member said: 'The fact that she was a prostitute should have nothing to do with it . . . She has served her sentence, and it is supposed to be written off after that. I am very concerned about this whole affair.'
Other members of the NEC are expected to be sympathetic towards her appeal, although it is unclear whether there would be a majority in her favour. The NEC may order her reinstatement on the list of candidates, pending further investigations.Reuse content