Shirley Porter

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Dear Westminster City Council,

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Please provide diary details of all meetings that any Westminster Councillor has had with Shirley Porter under any pretext,since 2006.



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Name: B.Coleman
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Request Details: Dear Westminster City Council,

This, according to The Insider:

"Dame Shirley Porter, the corrupt Jewish politician who was caught
rigging an election and manipulating the political system, has
returned to London today from her self-imposed exile in Israel. The
shamed "Dame" is a billionaire heiress of the major international
retail corporation, Tesco. Her most famous scams include selling
properties owned by the local authority to loyal voters, selling
local graveyards owned by the local authority to speculators for 5
pence each (about 2 cents) -- without even informing any of the
people whose loves ones were buried there, and forcing poor and
homeless residents out of the area -- openly describing it as an
"expulsion" and "good riddance". ***

After 12 years, Dame Shirley is back in Westminster

The "homes for votes" scandal has returned to haunt Westminster
Council, after it emerged that its disgraced former Tory leader,
Dame Shirley Porter, had come back to live in central London.

After 12 years of self-imposed exile in Israel, Dame Shirley has
quietly bought a £1.5m flat at Curzon Square, a new development on
Park Lane in Mayfair. Her new home is close to the sumptuous
Bayswater flat from which Dame Shirley, a multimillionaire Tesco
heiress, masterminded the gerrymandering operation during the
1980s. The affair, arguably the most scandalous case of political
corruption in recent British history, saw Dame Shirley, now 76,
convicted of selling council homes in marginal wards to prospective
Tory voters.

She was also found to have forced 122 homeless families likely to
vote Labour out of eight marginal seats, forcing them instead to
live in tower blocks that the council knew to be contaminated with

At the time, Labour was threatening to take control of Westminster,
which was seen as one of Margaret Thatcher's flagship councils,
following a near-victory in the 1986 elections. Following a
district auditor's investigation in 1994, Dame Shirley was found
guilty of wilful misconduct and gerrymandering, and ordered to pay
surcharges of £31.6m to Westminster Council. This later rose to
£42m with interest and legal fees.

She fled to Israel, which has no extradition treaty with the UK,
and consistently refused to pay. At one point, her lawyers said she
was down to the last £300,000 of her personal fortune, which had
previously been estimated at between £80m and £300m. Two years ago,
Westminster, which is still run by the Conservatives, accepted
£12.3m in settlement of her outstanding debt, and the case is now
considered closed."

Please provide diary details of all meetings that any Westminster
Councillor has had with Shirley Porter under any pretext,since



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FOI, Westminster City Council

Dear B Coleman,


Thank you for your recent request submitted to the council under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.


You asked for the following information:


“Please provide diary details of all meetings that any Westminster

     Councillor has had with Shirley Porter under any pretext,since





Paper diaries are only retained for the current year and are not used by
all councillors. In some cases councillors use electronic diaries which
are held by Westminster City Council.


A search for the requested information has revealed that the council does
not hold any records of any such meetings.


For the purposes of section 1 (4) of the Act therefore this information is
not held and we are therefore unable to provide it.


Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us
care of the details below.


Yours sincerely,



Knowledge & Information Management Team


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