Campaigners will continue protesting until Barnet mayor has 'integrity' to resign

Last week's protest at Hendon Town Hall

Last week's protest at Hendon Town Hall

First published in News Times Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Campaigners have vowed to protest at the majority of Barnet Mayor Councillor Hugh Rayner’s events until he has the “integrity” to resign over claims he is a rogue landlord.

Barnet Alliance for Public Services and tenants of the West Hendon Estate are furious over allegations Cllr Rayner acted illegally towards tenants living in the properties he owns.

He was invited to speak at mental health charity Mind’s annual meeting in Christchurch Avenue, North Finchley, yesterday – but was greeted by a mob of people holding placards reading ‘Rayner resign.’ T

They handed out leaflets explaining the first citizen’s alleged wrongdoing to passers by and those entering the meeting, but refrained from disturbing the actual meeting itself.

BAPS member Barbara Jacobson said: “He has such serious allegations against him which he has not publicly denied, but has tried to excuse and dismiss.

“We shouldn’t have someone who is under this cloud of illegal and unethical behaviour representing us. He should put himself aside until he’s been investigated.

“We as Barnet residents are appalled by the behaviour and how this smudges our whole council, bringing our town into some kind of disrepute. We won’t allow this behaviour, not here.”

Last Tuesday, protestors went to Hendon Town Hall for Barnet Borough Council’s full council meeting to put pressure on him to stand down from his role.

Councillor Rayner is currently under investigation by Barnet’s monitoring officer for a range of complaints relating to housing issues.

He has been accused of overcharging his tenants on housing benefit rents almost 55 per cent above market rate, and intimidating tenants by arriving late at night for contracts to be signed.

In addition, he also failed to declare his interest as a landlord when voting on housing policies in the council chamber.

Ruth Kutner, a BAPS member, said: “We will follow Rayner wherever he is invited as our mayor, because he should have the integrity to resign whilst under investigation for allegations involving non-disclosure of conflict of interest as a landlord and a councillor.”

When quizzed by the Times Series, Cllr Rayner apologised for raising rent at any time during the contract and asking witnesses to pre-sign tenancy agreements.

But he denied any wrongdoing on other matters, including intimidating witnesses and using young children as translators.

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1:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week.
Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May.
Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week. Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -10

3:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

rony says...

I guess the Labour will have their chance once the Livery collar will be moved from his neck to his wrists.
I guess the Labour will have their chance once the Livery collar will be moved from his neck to his wrists. rony
  • Score: -11

5:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

BarnetTrader says...

AverageBarnetResiden
t
wrote:
Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week.
Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May.
Oh dear, this is such a typical comment from a Barnet Tory and supporter of Hugh Rachman Rayner. Someone with the moral integrity of a cockroach, unable to see the bigger picture, blinded by greed and self interest. Let's invite the Nazis back - they did nothing wrong, only followed orders ...
[quote][p][bold]AverageBarnetResiden t[/bold] wrote: Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week. Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, this is such a typical comment from a Barnet Tory and supporter of Hugh Rachman Rayner. Someone with the moral integrity of a cockroach, unable to see the bigger picture, blinded by greed and self interest. Let's invite the Nazis back - they did nothing wrong, only followed orders ... BarnetTrader
  • Score: 14

9:45pm Tue 22 Jul 14

nlygo says...

I understand that the Council are currently making investigations into the allegations

note: allegations

if any of the allegations are found proven, only then should Cllr Rayner consider his position. until then, innocent until proven guilty etc etc

so I suggest that this reporter just lets this story rest, until such time as there is some new news.

remember, they are just allegations against Cllr Rayner. nothing is proven and therefore complainants should hold their horses.
I understand that the Council are currently making investigations into the allegations note: allegations if any of the allegations are found proven, only then should Cllr Rayner consider his position. until then, innocent until proven guilty etc etc so I suggest that this reporter just lets this story rest, until such time as there is some new news. remember, they are just allegations against Cllr Rayner. nothing is proven and therefore complainants should hold their horses. nlygo
  • Score: -2

12:20pm Wed 23 Jul 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Some people above are confused. Rayner will not be having anything slapped around his wrists, because he has done nothing criminally illegal. It is highly doutful that he has done anything civilly illegal either. Boris is not a lawyer.
This is just the usual Labour smear tactics, trying to force a by-election. It won't work.
Barnet Trader - I'm afraid your comment re nazism is vulgar and doesn't warrant a response from me.
Some people above are confused. Rayner will not be having anything slapped around his wrists, because he has done nothing criminally illegal. It is highly doutful that he has done anything civilly illegal either. Boris is not a lawyer. This is just the usual Labour smear tactics, trying to force a by-election. It won't work. Barnet Trader - I'm afraid your comment re nazism is vulgar and doesn't warrant a response from me. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -8

2:00am Mon 28 Jul 14

Mrs Nasty says...

BarnetTrader wrote:
AverageBarnetResiden

t
wrote:
Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week.
Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May.
Oh dear, this is such a typical comment from a Barnet Tory and supporter of Hugh Rachman Rayner. Someone with the moral integrity of a cockroach, unable to see the bigger picture, blinded by greed and self interest. Let's invite the Nazis back - they did nothing wrong, only followed orders ...
Hugh Rachman Rayner - and ........moral integrity of a cockroach - Hmmm!
Obviously a 'thinker' ! Your hugely misguided comments indicate the kind of gullible mind The Hendon Times seeks - succumbing to the leftist, fictitious and libellous drivel published week on boring week! Thankfully even our local delivery boy can't be bothered anymore.
[quote][p][bold]BarnetTrader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AverageBarnetResiden t[/bold] wrote: Yawn. Same rent-a-quote story re-hashed every week. Rayner's done nothing wrong and should not resign. Labour missed their chance in May.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, this is such a typical comment from a Barnet Tory and supporter of Hugh Rachman Rayner. Someone with the moral integrity of a cockroach, unable to see the bigger picture, blinded by greed and self interest. Let's invite the Nazis back - they did nothing wrong, only followed orders ...[/p][/quote]Hugh Rachman Rayner - and ........moral integrity of a cockroach - Hmmm! Obviously a 'thinker' ! Your hugely misguided comments indicate the kind of gullible mind The Hendon Times seeks - succumbing to the leftist, fictitious and libellous drivel published week on boring week! Thankfully even our local delivery boy can't be bothered anymore. Mrs Nasty
  • Score: -5

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