Council's new chief resigns
Wednesday 08 December 1993
THE NEW chief executive of Lewisham council in south London has quit before taking up the post after a row concerning the declaration of interests by councillors, writes Ngaio Crequer.
Tony Lear withdrew his job application after Terry Hanifan, the outgoing chief executive, questioned the role of two Labour councillors in Mr Lear's appointment. Mr Hanifan said the councillors, Dave Sullivan, the former deputy leader, and Ian Arnold, the chair of the environmental services committee, had failed to declare an interest when they sat on the appointments panel. Both work for a company, Agency for Public Service Development, which had received contracts from Brent council's environmental services department, of which Mr Lear was the director.
Lewisham has set up an inquiry to examine the legality of the two councillors' actions. Mr Lear has returned to his job at Brent. The details were made public via a leaked memorandum from Mr Hanifan. A council spokesman said it would be taking independent advice about what had happened.
Marc Morgan Huws, leader of the council's Liberal Democrat group, said: 'The memorandum . . . raises very serious questions which warrant a full independent investigation. The results of that inquiry must be made public.'
The two councillors were not available for comment.
- 1 Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin file for divorce after 10 years of marriage
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 4 Bookies now say Ed Miliband is more likely to be prime minister than David Cameron
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin file for divorce after 10 years of marriage
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
'Jihadi John': Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi wanted to wage jihad in Somalia until his friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments
£18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company are looking for a highly or...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultan...
£22000 - £25900 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company is expanding and th...
£27000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Corporate Account Manager is ...