Panel to determine Mayor of Barnet's fate

Panel to determine Mayor of Barnet's fate

Panel to determine Mayor of Barnet's fate

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Councillors will decide whether the Mayor of Barnet breached the code of conduct when failing to declare his interests in housing at committee meetings.

The group leaders panel is set to consider Hale Councillor Hugh Rayner's fate at the group leader’s panel next Wednesday.

However, although a motion to exclude the press and public from the meeting has been put forward, the panel will hear representations from people arguing against this.

The complaint was made by GLA member for Barnet Andrew Dismore, but certain parts of it have been disallowed on the grounds they do not fall under the Members Code of Conduct.

As a result, it will only consider Cllr Rayner’s non-disclosure of interests at council and committee meetings and the improper use of his position as a councillor in dealing with council officers.

Fellow Conservative and council leader Cllr Richard Cornelius, who is due to chair the meeting, has previously denied the mayor should resign.

He has also faced calls to step down from the panel, over fears his previous support of Cllr Rayner mean he cannot remain impartial.

The meeting will take place at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, next Wednesday, September 3 at 5pm.

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4:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

gingis says...

It's the poacher judging the poacher, how on earth can Cornelius be allowed to chair this?
What an absolute joke, they are just going through the motions as usual.
Any guesses at to what the findings of the panel will be? Hmmmm?
It's the poacher judging the poacher, how on earth can Cornelius be allowed to chair this? What an absolute joke, they are just going through the motions as usual. Any guesses at to what the findings of the panel will be? Hmmmm? gingis
  • Score: -3

10:09am Fri 29 Aug 14

nlygo says...

oh here we go

the Labour rabble rousers have another article on which they can comment and pour their vitriol on the Conservatives

yawn.
oh here we go the Labour rabble rousers have another article on which they can comment and pour their vitriol on the Conservatives yawn. nlygo
  • Score: -1

5:58pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gingis says...

Never voted Labour in my life nlygo. Sorry to let you down.

I am' yawning' at your usual defence of any criticism of this rabble.

This administration is a disgrace to the Tory party, as under the current leadership they think they can do just whatever they want.

Remember, it took Conservative Central Office to remove Coleman as Cornelius would not do it, so what makes you think this will be any different.

If you feel they are defensible then carry on, you are more than welcome to your own opinion.
Never voted Labour in my life nlygo. Sorry to let you down. I am' yawning' at your usual defence of any criticism of this rabble. This administration is a disgrace to the Tory party, as under the current leadership they think they can do just whatever they want. Remember, it took Conservative Central Office to remove Coleman as Cornelius would not do it, so what makes you think this will be any different. If you feel they are defensible then carry on, you are more than welcome to your own opinion. gingis
  • Score: -3

12:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

tomlucas says...

In view of the forthcoming panel meeting here is a quick reminder to the Times Series.....Get your facts right !...

A landlord does not receive housing benefit. He just receives rent.
A tenant may receive housing benefit and use it as rent.
A tenant may receive housing benefit and ask for it to be sent directly to the landlord.
The landlord is still receiving rent.
Headlines suggesting otherwise are misleading – to say the least.

Let us be quite clear – this attack by Mr Dismore, a labour want-to-be-MP, on Cllr Rayner, a conservative councillor, is no more than a political attack by labour on the conservatives creating a bandwagon for every anti-conservative blogger and pressure group to climb on. It has nothing to do with what Mr Rayner has done or has not done as a landlord. Mr Dismore wants to be an MP in 2015 and the local labour party and their "mouthpiece" Times Series are miffed at narrowly missing out regaining control of the council and are trying to remedy the situation by coercing one or more of the conservative councillors to resign.
In view of the forthcoming panel meeting here is a quick reminder to the Times Series.....Get your facts right !... A landlord does not receive housing benefit. He just receives rent. A tenant may receive housing benefit and use it as rent. A tenant may receive housing benefit and ask for it to be sent directly to the landlord. The landlord is still receiving rent. Headlines suggesting otherwise are misleading – to say the least. Let us be quite clear – this attack by Mr Dismore, a labour want-to-be-MP, on Cllr Rayner, a conservative councillor, is no more than a political attack by labour on the conservatives creating a bandwagon for every anti-conservative blogger and pressure group to climb on. It has nothing to do with what Mr Rayner has done or has not done as a landlord. Mr Dismore wants to be an MP in 2015 and the local labour party and their "mouthpiece" Times Series are miffed at narrowly missing out regaining control of the council and are trying to remedy the situation by coercing one or more of the conservative councillors to resign. tomlucas
  • Score: 15

5:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Tomlucas is bang on here. Rayner has done nothing wrong and labour's attempts to force a byelection are pathetic to say the least.

Also Gingis is wrong. CCHQ did not remove Coleman. The Chipping Barnet Consevative Association and the Tory Councillors did. And good on them!
Tomlucas is bang on here. Rayner has done nothing wrong and labour's attempts to force a byelection are pathetic to say the least. Also Gingis is wrong. CCHQ did not remove Coleman. The Chipping Barnet Consevative Association and the Tory Councillors did. And good on them! AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: 4
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