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.