Oh dear, oh dear. Once more it appears that the Barnet Tories are determined to drag the role of mayor through the dirt. Once again they've put political expediency before the people of Barnet. It seems that Mr Hugh Rayner, who was recently selected by the Tories as Mayor, has been a rather naughty boy. He is a professional property developer and landlord and he's been involved in some rather shady practices. These include getting "pre witnessed" leasehold agreements, charging above the market rate and turning up at tenants homes at 10pm at night. He's also admitted to using the childen of non English speakers to translate agreements. When asked, even Boris Johnson thought this was unacceptable.
This has been revealed by the Hendon Times. They have been running a poll asking people whether he should go.
Of course there is zero chance of this happening. In 2009 Brian Coleman was Mayor and he was found guilty of breaching the Councils own code of conduct. He was not even slapped on the wrists. The truth is that Rayner won't go and the reputation of the Council will once again be dragged through the mud. I discussed the issue with a local Tory Councillor. They told me that whilst many of Rayners colleagues were disgusted, the narrow majority in the chamber meant that they were lumbered with him. I suspect that the situation will come back to bite them on the bum, should this attitude prevail.