Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Borough Council leader Mike Heenan asked to resign

The leader of Stafford Borough Council faces calls to resign after not officially declaring his involvement with three businesses.

Conservative Mike Heenan apologised to the council last month after failing to disclose he was a company secretary for the firms.

Five councillors have tabled a motion for him to be removed from office. It will be debated at a meeting in April.

Mr Heenan said the issue was "now a matter for the council to discuss".

He said: "It's all been said already, I fully apologised to the council at the time.

"I will state again that I've never been involved in a meeting where I haven't declared an interest when I had to."

'Caught out'

Council 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.

Labour councillor Rowan Draper is one of the three Labour and two independents who have tabled the motion that will be discussed on 10 April.

He said: "Our concern is what was the catalyst that led to the leader declaring his interest?

"If he is only declaring it because he was caught out by the BBC you have to ask whether we'd have found out otherwise."

Mr Heenan's updated public register of interests shows he holds 10 "employment roles" and posts at some charities.

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