PracticeConsultingPorter wins Westminster surcharge appeal

Porter wins Westminster surcharge appeal

The Court of Appeal today (30 April) cleared former Westminster City Council leader Dame Shirley Porter after the longest ever audit investigation in English local government history.

The Tesco heiress accused former district auditor John Magill of mud-slinging, unfairness and bias when he ordered her to pay a #27m surcharge for her part in the homes-for-votes scandal of the late 1980s.

Appeal judge Lord Justice Kennedy, sitting with Lord Justice Schiemann and Lord Justice Walker, ruled in favour of Dame Shirley’s appeal.

But Magill, who now works in the forensic services division of Big Five firm Deloitte & Touche, was said to be surprised at the Court’s decision and has pledged to take the case to the House of Lords. In a written statement Magill said: ‘The aditor was delighted to hear that the Court of Appeal took the very unusual step of granting him leave to appeal to the House of Lords because significant matters of public policy are involved in this case.’

Speaking shortly after the decision was announced, Dame Shirley said: ‘I hope the Audit Commission will now draw a line under this 10-year-long case and not waste further millions of local taxpayers? money to finance the vendetta of Labour councillors.’

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