Porter hits back over 'vote-rigging' report

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Dame Shirley Porter, the former leader of Westminster council who was accused by a district auditor 18 months ago of operating a homes- for-votes scheme, has complained that delays in delivering the final report are "unjustifiable and intolerable".

In a letter to the Independent, Dame Shirley, leader of the ruling Tory group between 1983 and 1991, claims the "delay" by the auditor, John Magill is "an abuse of the quasi-judicial process under which he operates". She says she and the eight others effectively accused of gerrymandering have been "left in the dark" and have had their "reputations sullied".

Letters, page 16