Saturday, March 17, 2007
A LIBERAL Democrat councillor has been expelled from the party and is at the centre of a police investigation.
Cllr Sera Kentman, who has represented Whitefoot ward in Lewisham since last May, was axed after breaching rules, which included failing to disclose her debts as a councillor.
News Shopper can reveal Ms Kentman is an undischarged bankrupt, who may have stood illegally at last May's elections.
Under Section 80 of the Local Goverment Act 1972, no-one can stand in an election as a councillor if they are an undischarged bankrupt. According to Lewisham Council's Liberal Democrat leader Mark Morris other allegations involving Ms Kentman include:
# A £9,000 overpayment of housing benefit on a house she part owns.
# Outstanding council tax payments back dating over a year.
# Her use of a number of different names. Ms Kentman was temporarily suspended three weeks ago from the party and given time to provide information on her debts and proof of her identity.