Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Borough council leader Mike Heenan survives resignation vote

Mike Heenan Image copyright Stafford Borough Council
Image caption Mike Heenan made a full apology to Stafford Borough Council after failing to declare his involvement with three businesses

The leader of Stafford Borough council has survived a vote on a motion calling for him to resign from the council.

A group of councillors tabled the motion for him to stand down after he failed to declare his involvement with three firms on Beacon business park.

Thirty-two councillors voted against it while there were two in favour. There were 25 abstentions or absences.

Staffordshire Police said it was reviewing a complaint about Mr Heenan's interest in the companies.

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, said: "Police are reviewing the information available and will make a decision as to whether they will investigate formally or not in the next month or so."

Mr Heenan made a full apology to the council in February after claiming he misunderstood the council's regulations.

The authority's rules mean councillors must publicly declare all companies they work for or own a part of and any employment or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

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