Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

WESTMINSTER FIVE IN HIGH COURT FOR APPEAL AGAINST SURCHARGE

  • Comment
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.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.