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BERESFORD REPORTED OVER TENDERS

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Barnet LBC members have voted to report former environment minister Sir Paul Beresford to the Parliamentary commiss...
Barnet LBC members have voted to report former environment minister Sir Paul Beresford to the Parliamentary commissioner for standards after it emerged that he received confidential tendering information from the council's Tory group leader (LGC, 19 September).

The policy and resources committee also accepted a recommendation that Barnet's Conservative group be asked to suspend Liz Mammatt for a cycle of council meetings.

Former Hendon South MP John Marshall, who passed the information from Ms Mammatt to Sir Paul, will also be reported to the commissioner, Sir Gordon Downey.

Sir Gordon can recommend that the matter be investigated by the select committee on standards and privileges.

Ms Mammatt now says the local press brought the matter to the DoE's attention before she leaked the information.

She said: 'Blair's bully boys have blundered in Barnet.'

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