Greenhalgh avoids police investigation

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Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh speaking at Place West London 2010

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it will not be investigating an allegation made against the former Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Stephen Greenhalgh, over his part in the work on transferring the West Ken and Gibbs Green estates to Capco.

Allegations were made by an individual in September 2012 that the council had drawn up an ‘early movers’ list containing the names of residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates who had been promised new council homes if they signed their support for the Earls Court regeneration scheme.

In February, an investigation by Deloittes found no evidence against the council to support the claims.

Now the IPCC has carried out an assessment of the complaint and said that there is no evidence to indicate that Mr Greenhalgh may have committed a criminal offence.

Stephen Greenhalgh stood down as Leader of H&F Council in May 2012 to become the Deputy Mayor of London for Police and Crime.

Current Leader of H&F Council, Cllr Nicholas Botterill said: “The IPCC has concluded that the allegations against (Greenhalgh), which were wholly politically motivated, had absolutely no merit or substance whatsoever.

“No homes have been built, let alone been allocated, and nobody has received preferential treatment. As is normal on a regeneration scheme of this size, the council talked to all affected residents about their housing needs and requirements during a two-year consultation. There is absolutely no evidence that anyone was promised anything in return for supporting the regeneration scheme.”

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