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OCTOBER APPEAL IN WESTMINSTER HOMES FOR VOTES CASE

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A six-week high court appeal will begin in October, on the ruling to impose a£31.6m surcharge on Shirley Porter an...
A six-week high court appeal will begin in October, on the ruling to impose a£31.6m surcharge on Shirley Porter and five former colleagues at Westminster City Council.

The Independent reports (p2) that three councillors and three officials were accused by the district auditor of 'wilful misconduct' and 'disgraceful and improper gerrymandering' between 1987 and 1989.

In May last year they were ordered to repay£31.6m estimated to have been spent in moving council tenants from marginal wards and selling their homes cheaply to likely Tory supporters.

The former councillors' argument is that the auditor's methods and conclusions were flawed, and the amount of surcharge imposed unfair, the Independent reports. The surcharge is suspended pending the high court appeal.

-- see LGC story 'Magill decision in late summer', LGCNet's LGC section today.
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