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NEW TORY CHIEF'S ROLE IN HOUSING SCANDAL HIGHLIGHTED

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The new chief executive of the Conservative party, Barry Legg, has denied any part in a scandal that saw homeless f...
The new chief executive of the Conservative party, Barry Legg, has denied any part in a scandal that saw homeless families placed in asbestos riddled London tower blocks.

His role, while he was a councillor at Westminster City Council, was highlighted in a joint investigation by The Guardian(p1) and the BBC's Radio Four Today programme on his conduct in public life and business.

John Barratt, former chief executive of Cambridgeshire CC, led an inquiry into Westminster's actions and issued a report in 1997 which was highly critical of Mr Legg's and the other councillors' decisions.

Mr Barratt told Today this morning: 'I would have been horrified to have this kind of decision making going on in any organisation that I worked for.

'I don't know of any decision making in which there was such scant regard for the real purposes for which the council existed.'

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