LABOUR councillor Said Hansdot, who is sheriff of Gloucester, has apologised for a false claim in his election leaflet.
The Barton and Tredworth candidate, who is fighting for re-election this Thursday, claimed that he was a trustee of St James City Farm in the leaflet.
But yesterday he said: “My sincere apology for what has happened. I am not a trustee but I have been an active support for a number of years.”
Imran Atcha, from Gymnation, the social enterprise behind the farm, said: “I did notice what the leaflet said and he is not a trustee but Said is an active supporter and a friend of the farm.
“We work closely with people from the other parties too.”
A spokeswoman for Labour’s Gloucester branch, which wrote the leaflet for Mr Hansdot, said: “It was our mistake, not Said’s.”
Labour's leaflets are published by Jonathan Hoad who acts as an agent for candidates, as well being a candidate himself for the Kingsholm and Wotton ward.
City MP Richard Graham said: “I very much regret this absence from the Labour Party of anyone taking responsibility for what appears in a Labour candidate's literature.
“If a Sheriff of Gloucester can falsify his own credentials in election literature, what is the message for school leavers and others applying for jobs?”
He has called on Gloucester City Council to investigate, adding that ‘our city cannot trust the Labour Party’. He is asking questions about the process Labour goes through when publishing its leaflets and whether candidates see them before they go to print.
A city council spokesman said: “ There are no actions that the Returning Officer can take in respect of the content of campaign material. If someone believes that an offence has been committed then that should be reported to the police.”
Mr Hansdot had a 598 vote majority when he was elected to the city council in 2010. This year he is going up against Catherine Bailey (Trade Unionists and Socialist Against Cuts), David Harber (UKIP), Paul Harries (Liberal Democrats) and Hasan Patel (Conservatives).