Poll results: 86 per cent of people think Barnet Mayor Hugh Rayner should resign

Times Series: Poll results: 86 per cent of people think Mayor Hugh Rayner should resign Poll results: 86 per cent of people think Mayor Hugh Rayner should resign

The Times Series reader poll on whether under fire Mayor Hugh Rayner should step down from his post has produced an overwhelming YES.

A total of 86 per cent of people voted in favour of seeing Barnet’s first citizen resign over allegations that he acted illegally towards tenants living in the properties he owns.

In contrast to the 561 people who said he should resign, just 92 people said he should not.

Cllr Rayner has been the subject of criticism this week after GLA member for Barnet Andrew Dismore revealed several instances of “unfair” behaviour during the London Assembly Question Time last week.

The Hale councillor owns 15 properties in Colindale with his wife Susan, and four more under his firm’s name – S&H Housing Limited.

Amongst a range of allegations, he was accused of drafting 12-month contracts which allow rent increases at any time during the year, and visiting a tenant unannounced at 10pm asking her to sign the lease.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson openly admitted Cllr Rayner’s behaviour has been “prima facie illegal”.

A Times Series investigation also revealed he failed to declare any interests in housing when voting on policies relating to the matter at full council and in his capacity as chairman of the business management overview and scrutiny committee.

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4:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

dawboy says...

Unfortunately (if that's the correct word) our Conservative lead Council once again show their contempt for the legal system and indeed for democracy itself. They were given a clear warning by the electorate at the last local elections, but no sooner has the ink dried on the results, than they believe business can continue as normal and by that I mean treating Barnet as a private fiefdom who's inhabitants they can treat with contempt and milk them for Councillors expenses at their will.
I have long given up trying to understand if some Barnet Conservative Councillors are just totally immoral in their views or are amoral and genuinely do not understand right from wrong. Either way anyone with these views irrespective of party allegiances are unfit for public office unless of course they feel like standing for office in some tin pot corrupt Central American republic.
As for Mr. Cornelius, I think we saw the depth of his morality in his handling of the Brian Coleman fiasco. If it was left up to Cornelius, then Brian Coleman would probably still be a Conservative Councillor.
Unfortunately (if that's the correct word) our Conservative lead Council once again show their contempt for the legal system and indeed for democracy itself. They were given a clear warning by the electorate at the last local elections, but no sooner has the ink dried on the results, than they believe business can continue as normal and by that I mean treating Barnet as a private fiefdom who's inhabitants they can treat with contempt and milk them for Councillors expenses at their will. I have long given up trying to understand if some Barnet Conservative Councillors are just totally immoral in their views or are amoral and genuinely do not understand right from wrong. Either way anyone with these views irrespective of party allegiances are unfit for public office unless of course they feel like standing for office in some tin pot corrupt Central American republic. As for Mr. Cornelius, I think we saw the depth of his morality in his handling of the Brian Coleman fiasco. If it was left up to Cornelius, then Brian Coleman would probably still be a Conservative Councillor. dawboy
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