Cllr Hall shows no remorse: she is pleading everywhere that she has not really done anything wrong. However, what really matters is the police verdict – watch this space for further update! 19/4/16
Political backlash: Cllr Hall now leads a highly divided group as 42.31% members of her group did not vote for her at the recent leadership election, despite heavy canvassing by the group whip! 13/4/16
Further update: Cllr Hall is seemingly in self-denial about the seriousness of the matter. In a public statement she refers to the minutes of the council meeting in February – the minutes simply say that she “declared a non-pecuniary interest”, while the alleged criminal offence that could lead to disqualification* is about not declaring a ‘pecuniary interest’. In the same meeting another councillor declared pecuniary interest in an item in that he had investment properties and left the Chamber during the discussion and vote on this item. 11/4/16 15:56
Update: breaking news: Detective Sergeant of the MPS Special Enquiry Team has informed us that “this is now an ongoing police investigation”. 06/04/2016 08:24
Following our report regarding Councillor Hall’s non-declaration of the pecuniary interest, we now understand that the Harrow Conservative Group Leader, Cllr Hall, is the subject of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
Non declaration of pecuniary interest potentially involves the commission of a criminal offence.
The police are investigating allegations that Cllr Hall failed to adhere to Harrow Council’s pecuniary and non pecuniary declaration and propriety rules for its elected councillors.
“We expect better of our elected politicians and Harrow UNISON will take full part in the investigation, if required” informs the Unison press release.
In presenting a regeneration-specific Wealdstone petition at the council meeting, Cllr Hall said: “It will damage the entire Wealdstone business community”.
The petition was debated at the council meeting but Cllr Hall who has a shop in Wealdstone did not declare a pecuniary interest and remained present during the debate, despite being warned that the Tory Group Leader is using her elected and political position in an inappropriate manner which could directly impact on her business and personal economic interests.
*There are a number of potential criminal offences associated with:
• the failure to register or disclose a disclosable pecuniary Interest
• discussion and/or voting on a DPI
Successful prosecutions can result in a fine of £5000 and disqualification for five years from the local council and from other local authorities – page 24