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Council leader calls for benefits cheat Peter Lawless to resign

Council leader calls for benefits cheat Peter Lawless to resign

Simon Meechan

Cllr Peter Lawless

The leader of the council has called for benefits cheat Peter Lawless to resign from his position.

Cllr Lawless (Independent, Eton Wick) was convicted in August of illegally claiming extra housing benefits payments and failing to declare a borough council allowance of nearly £20,000 over a three-year period.

Last night, Royal Borough leader Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) put forward a motion at a full council meeting asking Cllr Lawless to resign.

The motion says 'he has not lived up to the expectations of councillors'.

Cllr Burbage told the meeting that Cllr Lawless has breached principles of 'integrity and accountability', set out in the councillors' code of conduct.

He said: "In this situation Cllr Lawless really should be considering his position and stand down."

Cllr Malcolm Beer (Old Windsor Residents' Association, Old Windsor) seconded Cllr Burbage's motion.

Only Cllr Lawless spoke against the motion, saying he does not accept that he has breached the code of conduct.

His fellow councillors were unanimous in supporting the motion, although it does not force Cllr Lawless to resign.

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