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21/08/06
Ken Calls For Porter Probe
- Mayor demands answers from Tesco Heiress

Ken Calls For Porter ProbeMAYOR Ken Livingstone has asked fresh questions of the shamed former council leader Dame Shirley Porter.

Porter presided over the 'rotten borough' of Westminster through the 1980s. An inquiry found that she sold off council homes in the area at below market value in an attempt to woo potential Conservative voters. The 'homes-for-votes' scandal, as it became known, was the worst case of corruption since the war.

Having been found personally culpable for the affair, Porter became liable for her portion of the UKP 12.3m settlement in the case. However, despite being the heiress to the Tesco retailing giant - whose stores account for one in eight retail purchases in the UK - she has failed to pay back a single penny to the taxpayer, claiming that she has only UKP 300,000 left of the family fortune.

On hearing that 76 year old Porter has recently acquired a UKP 1.5 million Mayfair pad, Ken Livingstone has written to the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith calling for an investigation.

"I would ask that there be an urgent investigation into whether Shirley Porter has committed perjury or any other offence at any stage in her court evidence and/or affidavits during the homes for votes scandal" said Mayor Livingstone.



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