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Stafford's council leader in shock police probe

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

PROBE...Stafford Council leader Mike Heenan is being investigated by police

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POLICE are probing complaints of wrongdoing by Stafford’s council leader Mike Heenan, the Newsletter can reveal.

Officers have received a complaint about the chartered accountant’s failure to declare an interest in three companies.

The shock news is the latest blow for the under-pressure leader who will tonight face calls for him to be removed from office.

The Newsletter also revealed today that Stafford Borough Council’s standards committee is investigating him.

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At the first of two extraordinary meetings tonight Councillors Robert Stephens, Rowan Draper, Jill Hood and Ravi Bhakhri will front a motion asking for Mr Heenan to be stripped of his office.

Mr Heenan had to apologise at the last council meeting after failing to declare he was company secretary for Ise Estates Ltd, Ise Trading Ltd and Greatrex Ltd.

Council regulations stipulate members must publicly declare any companies they work for or part own and any employment or vocation undertaken for profit or gain.

Mr Heenan said he had misunderstood the regulations but that he had never taken part in any council discussions involving the firms.

Matthew Ellis,Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said officers were conducting a formal review of the evidence in the case and would make a final decision in four weeks.

Mr Heenan said it would be inappropriate for him to comment at the moment.

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