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Fraud And The West Wiltshire District Council

EDM number 408 in 1989-90, proposed by Stuart Randall on 30/01/1990.

That this House deplores the conduct of councillors Wardell-Yerburgh, Pearce, Self, Bennett and Goodbody, who collaborated with former West Wiltshire District Council Chief Executive Gerald Garland, finance director Roger White and others to produce a Tory Party press statement in response to public concern after the fraudulent takeover of the Council's computer software services by West Wiltshire Information Systems Ltd. (WWIS), whose major shareholder is Mr Garland; notes that this statement attempted to cover up the fact that the Council's finances, amounting to ú1.3 million, were used for private purposes to develop a poll tax software system which was then taken over fraudulently in a management buy-out supervised by Gerald Garland whilst still the Council's chief executive, who is now Chairman of WWIS, with no independent valuation or tendering undertaken to ensure value for money for West Wiltshire ratepayers; notes that councillors Pearce, Self and Bennett communicated with Gerald Garland regarding the suspension of Mr Donald Latham, the current chief executive, who wished to provide councillor O'Gorman with information he required and which exposed the fraud; calls on the Tory party leadership to disassociate itself from the conduct of the Council and for all councillors associated with the Tory press release to resign immediately; notes with confidence that the district auditor's investigation into the finances of the Council are progressing; and further notes that criminal proceedings and the surcharging of councillors could arise.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Stuart Randall30/01/1990Kingston upon Hull WestProposed
David Blunkett30/01/1990Sheffield, BrightsideSigned
Ernie Ross31/01/1990Dundee WestSigned
John McAllion31/01/1990Dundee EastSigned
Ian McCartney31/01/1990MakerfieldSigned
William McKelvey31/01/1990Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Keith Bradley31/01/1990Manchester, WithingtonSigned
John Cummings31/01/1990EasingtonSigned
Ron Davies31/01/1990CaerphillySigned
John Battle31/01/1990Leeds WestSigned
James Wray31/01/1990Glasgow ProvanSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie01/02/1990Glasgow, PollokSigned
Harry Barnes01/02/1990North East DerbyshireSigned
Bill Michie01/02/1990Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alice Mahon01/02/1990HalifaxSigned
Allan Rogers06/02/1990RhonddaSigned
Peter Hardy07/02/1990WentworthSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours08/02/1990WorkingtonSigned
Gerry Steinberg08/02/1990Durham, City ofSigned
Harry Cohen09/02/1990LeytonSigned
Tony Banks13/02/1990Newham North WestSigned
Jack Thompson13/02/1990WansbeckSigned
Eric Illsley14/02/1990Barnsley CentralSigned
Peter Pike16/02/1990BurnleySigned
Audrey Wise19/02/1990PrestonSigned
Tommy Graham20/02/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned

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