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CONFLICT OF INTEREST PLANNING ROW BACKFIRES ON MP

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Conservative MP Teddy Taylor is to be reported to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after he suggested t...
Conservative MP Teddy Taylor is to be reported to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after he suggested that a Lanarkshire councillor might have acted improperly over a planning application, The Scotsman reports (p13).

Cllr Daniel Meikle was shocked by a letter from Mr Taylor to Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth in which he said it 'had been put to him' that cllr Meikle - the then planning chairman in waiting of South Lanarkshire Council - took part in consideration of a planning application when he was previously employed by, or a consultant to, a rival company of the developer.

Mr Taylor is the parliamentary adviser to the opencast mining company involved, Law Holdings of Uddingston, which was seeking planning consent from South Lanarkshire predecessor Clydesdale DC.

Cllr Meikle said although he owned a company, Meikle Construction, he had no connection with the firm mentioned in the MP's letter, The Scotsman reports.

'There is no way I am on anyone's payroll. I am appalled that someone of that calibre is making innuendoes and listening to wash-house gossip, and that's why I'm talking with a very good lawyer,' he said.

Clydesdale Labour MP Jimmy Hood has reported Mr Taylor to the commissioner. Mr Taylor said he has accepted the suggestions in his letter were without foundation, and he had recorded in the letter that he was a consultant to Law Holdings.

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