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Council investigates ex-leader's receipts

PUBLISHED: 16:33 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

UNDER FIRE: Ian Clement.

UNDER FIRE: Ian Clement.

A FURTHER investigation has been launched into a shamed former council leader s corporate credit card expenses. Bexley council voted to refer systematic abuse of a council credit card by former leader Ian Clement to an audit committee. Mr Clement, from

A FURTHER investigation has been launched into a shamed former council leader's corporate credit card expenses.

Bexley council voted to refer systematic abuse of a council credit card by former leader Ian Clement to an audit committee.

Mr Clement, from Dartford, stepped down from his £127,000 post as London deputy mayor last month after it was revealed he lied about expense claims on his Greater London Authority card.

In an amendment motion tabled and debated at a council meeting last Wednesday, councillors said they were "appalled" at the misuse of the card which has been referred to the council's audit committee for further investigation.

They also announced that all expense claims made by every councillor over the last seven years would be published on the council's website.

Leader of Bexley council, Teresa O'Neill, said: "We are all appalled by Mr Clement's behaviour.

"On learning of his misuse of his corporate Greater London Authority credit card, I instigated an urgent review of the expenses claimed by Mr Clement on his purchase card.

"Once this was completed, we published all the details on the council website, for everyone to see.

"I want to make it clear that Mr Clement was the only councillor to have a purchasing card, no cards will be issued to any other councillor in the future, and we have taken action to ensure such an abuse cannot happen again."

Revelations about his GLA credit card prompted Bexley council to launch its investigation into Mr Clement's council card on June 12.

Mr Clement used taxpayers' money to pay for a £513 stay at the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel just days before he took up his role at the GLA as deputy mayor for government and external relations.

Statements made public by Bexley council showed the former leader had spent £1,220 on personal goods and services, including a £364 stay at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Germany.

All the personal expenses were repaid within seven weeks but the investigation launched last Wednesday will look at whether other expenses are still to be accounted for.

A committee meeting will be tabled in August to consider the findings.

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