District auditor to look at Dame Shirley deal
A deal endorsed by the government's spending watchdog, the Audit Commission, over the Dame Shirley Porter 'homes for votes' scandal is to be probed by the Westminister district auditor.
In July, Tesco heiress Dame Shirley agreed to pay £12.3m in a deal with Westminster that was endorsed by the AC, but which has come in for severe criticism in parliament.
Derek Elliot, district auditor of Westminster, will look into the settlement following objections from the council’s Labour group leader Paul Dimoldenberg.
Elliot said he would compile a bundle of documents, which he believes will be material to deciding the objection, The Guardian reported.
Dame Shirley, who is now living in Israel, faced a bill of £42m for her part in the scandal that involved attempting to sell council homes to potential Tory voters in the late 1980s.