Five people including the former leader of Westminster City Council, Shirley Porter, go to the high court today to ...
Five people including the former leader of Westminster City Council, Shirley Porter, go to the high court today to begin a legal challenge to a demand that they pay a£31m surcharge, reported BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
District auditor John Magill, following a seven year investigation, accused Mrs Porter, two other former councillors and three former council officials of spending the money on gerrymandering by moving Conservative voters into marginal wards.
They will argue that his report finding wilful misconduct was flawed and unjust. They will also claim the system was flawed, alleging the auditor was investigator, prosecutor and judge.
The hearing will last five weeks. For the first time Dame Shirley is expected to explain her actions in public. If she loses a further appeal to the higher courts is certain, according to the Today programme.