Conservative Party refuses to comment on Mayor of Barnet's failure to declare interest when discussing controversial housing policy

This Is Local London: Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner. Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner.

The Conservative Party has refused to comment on the Mayor of Barnet’s failure to declare his position as a landlord when voting on controversial housing policies, until an investigation has concluded.

Barnet Borough Council’s monitoring officer is leading an investigation after receiving two complaints about the mayor, Councillor Hugh Rayner.

The complaints, which cannot be published for legal reasons, raise a number of issues concerning Cllr Rayner’s failure to register his interest while chairing meetings regarding housing policy and benefits to landlords.

Last week a Freedom of Information request revealed Cllr Rayner, who owns 19 properties, has received more than £28,000 in housing benefits from tenants.

A spokesman for the Conservative Party said: “It would be wholly inappropriate to comment or speculate on a matter that is still under investigation.”

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7:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

sensiblefellow says...

The investigation's outcomes should prove extremely interesting. If Rayner is found guilty of breaking the rules, he should do the right thing and stand down in his Hale ward and from his position of Mayor. Profiteering off benefits claimants, if proven, is not compatible with mayoral office.
The investigation's outcomes should prove extremely interesting. If Rayner is found guilty of breaking the rules, he should do the right thing and stand down in his Hale ward and from his position of Mayor. Profiteering off benefits claimants, if proven, is not compatible with mayoral office. sensiblefellow
  • Score: 8

9:20pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Barnet Parker says...

Oh dear, those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Should we have an overarching enquiry into child abuse?; Saturday: Cameron, 'No'; Sunday: Gove', 'No', Monday: May, 'Yes'.

What odds on Rayner surviving now?
Oh dear, those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Should we have an overarching enquiry into child abuse?; Saturday: Cameron, 'No'; Sunday: Gove', 'No', Monday: May, 'Yes'. What odds on Rayner surviving now? Barnet Parker
  • Score: 6

10:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

nlygo says...

Rayner chance of surviving? 100%

chance of endless Labour supporters complaining ad nauseum? 100%
Rayner chance of surviving? 100% chance of endless Labour supporters complaining ad nauseum? 100% nlygo
  • Score: -6

5:29pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Cadwallader says...

Chance of nlygo ignoring the whiff of corruption in order to make snyde remark of no relevance - 105%
Chance of nlygo ignoring the whiff of corruption in order to make snyde remark of no relevance - 105% Cadwallader
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Thu 10 Jul 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Nlygo is bang on. Rayner should not step down any more than Patel, as they both failed to declare an interest.
It's not the greatest crime in the world and everyone knows that the campaign against Ryaner is being run by the Labour party bloggers in an attempt to have another stab at winning the council, by taking a seat in Hale.
Bad losers, is all. This will blow over shortly.
Nlygo is bang on. Rayner should not step down any more than Patel, as they both failed to declare an interest. It's not the greatest crime in the world and everyone knows that the campaign against Ryaner is being run by the Labour party bloggers in an attempt to have another stab at winning the council, by taking a seat in Hale. Bad losers, is all. This will blow over shortly. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -2

6:06pm Thu 10 Jul 14

aworrall says...

Totally agree this is about Labour's desperate attempts to gain control of the council after their complete failure to do so at the election. No doubt there will be more stories they will dredge up on other Tory councillors in the vain attempt to do the same. People will start to see Labour in their true colours. Why does the Hendon Times keep running this story - is there nothing else better to report on or are they jumping on the Labour band waggon?
Totally agree this is about Labour's desperate attempts to gain control of the council after their complete failure to do so at the election. No doubt there will be more stories they will dredge up on other Tory councillors in the vain attempt to do the same. People will start to see Labour in their true colours. Why does the Hendon Times keep running this story - is there nothing else better to report on or are they jumping on the Labour band waggon? aworrall
  • Score: -3

7:13pm Thu 10 Jul 14

sensiblefellow says...

aworrall wrote:
Totally agree this is about Labour's desperate attempts to gain control of the council after their complete failure to do so at the election. No doubt there will be more stories they will dredge up on other Tory councillors in the vain attempt to do the same. People will start to see Labour in their true colours. Why does the Hendon Times keep running this story - is there nothing else better to report on or are they jumping on the Labour band waggon?
The Hendon Times rightly continues to run with this story since it is an ongoing story. Should Rayner's highly questionable behaviour prove to be illegal (as Boris Johnson, of all people, has suggested), a Hale by-election will become necessary. I commend Dismore for highlighting this matter. I also commend Boris Johnson (something I rarely do) for suggesting that such behaviour is, prima facie, illegal
[quote][p][bold]aworrall[/bold] wrote: Totally agree this is about Labour's desperate attempts to gain control of the council after their complete failure to do so at the election. No doubt there will be more stories they will dredge up on other Tory councillors in the vain attempt to do the same. People will start to see Labour in their true colours. Why does the Hendon Times keep running this story - is there nothing else better to report on or are they jumping on the Labour band waggon?[/p][/quote]The Hendon Times rightly continues to run with this story since it is an ongoing story. Should Rayner's highly questionable behaviour prove to be illegal (as Boris Johnson, of all people, has suggested), a Hale by-election will become necessary. I commend Dismore for highlighting this matter. I also commend Boris Johnson (something I rarely do) for suggesting that such behaviour is, prima facie, illegal sensiblefellow
  • Score: 4

11:36am Mon 14 Jul 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

Well said, Sensible Fellow. Dear me, Average Barnet Tory cllr: Labour party bloggers? Where? Blogger, singular: sorry to disppoint, but I'm the only one. You can't blame party politics for what the other three say.

The allegations against Rayner are serious, and must be investigated: and no, this will not 'blow over', and nor should it.
Well said, Sensible Fellow. Dear me, Average Barnet Tory cllr: Labour party bloggers? Where? Blogger, singular: sorry to disppoint, but I'm the only one. You can't blame party politics for what the other three say. The allegations against Rayner are serious, and must be investigated: and no, this will not 'blow over', and nor should it. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
  • Score: 1
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