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Stafford Borough Council leader failed to declare an interest in three companies

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Stafford Borough Council leader failed to declare an interest in three companies

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STAFFORD’S council leader has apologised for failing to officially declare his interest in three companies he has worked for.

Councillor Mike Heenan, a chartered accountant, failed to officially declare he was company secretary for the firms Ise Estates Ltd, Ise Trading Ltd and Greatrex Ltd.

Under council regulations all councillors must publicly declare any companies they work for or own a part of and any employment or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

Councillor Heenan insisted he had never taken part in any council discussions involving the firms. He said he had acted as company secretary through his firm and was not paid separately for those roles.

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At a meeting of the full Stafford Borough Council on Tuesday night Mr Heenan said it was an oversight on his part.

He said: “I have not disclosed three companies I have worked with and for that I sincerely apologise.

“I misunderstood the regulations. I have amended my entry on the register of councillors’ interests.”

Labour councillor Frank James also said at the meeting there were two interests he had not declared but said he got no financial gain from them.

Stafford Borough Council spokesman Will Conaghan said: "It is a matter for members to consider what interests they have and what should be declared under the code of conduct and regulations."

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