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LIVERPOOL DEPUTY MAYOR IGNORES SCANDAL

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The woman in line to be Liverpool's next Lord mayor last night pledged to stay in public office despite revelations...
The woman in line to be Liverpool's next Lord mayor last night pledged to stay in public office despite revelations by the Liverpool Echo that she was once fined for prostitution, the Indpendent reports (page 3).

The paper says the Liverpool Echo reported that Petrona Lashley, 53, from Toxteth, a Labour councillor since 1991 and deputy Mayor of the city has convictions dating back to 1973 for common prostitution and also for obtaining property by deception.

The Echo said she had three convictions for prostitution in the 1970s. It reported that in January 1973 she was fined £5 by Liverpool magistrates; in September 1978 she was again fined £5 and ordered to pay £4 costs; and in November 1978 she was fined £10 and ordered to pay £4 costs.

It also said that in 1990 at Liverpool Crown Court Ms Lashley was fined £500 and ordered to pay £150 costs after being accused of conspiracy to obtain property by deception, the Independent reports.
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