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LAMBETH GROUPS TRADE INSULTS

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Lambeth LBC political groups are trading sleaze accusations, with Labour calling for the resignation of the deputy ...
Lambeth LBC political groups are trading sleaze accusations, with Labour calling for the resignation of the deputy Liberal Democrat leader while the Lib Dems argue Labour should put its own house in order.

A borough solicitor's report has found Keith Fitchett, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group, breached the national code of conduct by discussing with council officers a planning application which affected his own home.

Labour group leader Jim Dickson said Mr Fitchett's position was untenable and he should resign. Mr Fitchett has since apologised.

But Liberal Democrat leader Mike Tuffrey said he was astounded at the attempt to make political capital out of the issue, given that Labour member Charles Fairbank had been asked to resign over dual council tenancies).

Mr Dickson said Mr Fairbank, who had been investigated by the council's anti-fraud team, had moved to Hull without informing the council and inadvertently been overpaid housing benefit.

He was confident he would be exonerated by the inquiry, but the group had a 'one strike and you're out' policy for members, he said.

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