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NEW EVIDENCE COULD WEAKEN WESTMINSTER LBC DEFENCE

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The Financial Times (p7) claims it is in possession of documents which challenge the main defence of the Westminste...
The Financial Times (p7) claims it is in possession of documents which challenge the main defence of the Westminster councillors who were named by the district auditor for alleged 'gerrymandering' in the sale of council houses in marginal wards.

The paper says that a transcript of an interview by John Magill, the district auditor and Jeremy Sullivan, the barrister that advised the council on its policy, indicates that Mr Sullivan would not have endorsed the policy has he been fully briefed.

In particular, the paper claims a letter from Merv Montacute, the council's managing director, to Andrew Dismore, the council's Labour leader, indicates that Mr Sullivan did not see the final draft of the reports drawn up by council officials for the council's housing committee. Mr Sullivan believes he was not made aware of the policy's effect on the homeless, the paper reports.

Councillors, including Dame Shirley Porter, have argued that they received legal advice approving the sales policy.
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