Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Borough Council leader admits declaration of interest error

The leader of a council has admitted making a mistake by not officially declaring his interest in three local firms for which he has worked.

Mike Heenan, leader of Stafford Borough Council, is a chartered accountant and failed to declare he was company secretary for the firms.

He insists he has never taken part in any council discussions involving any of the firms.

A council meeting on Tuesday will hear a public statement from Mr Heenan.

Stafford Borough Council said: "It is a matter for members to consider what interests they have and what should be declared under the code of conduct and regulations."

Council regulations 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.

Mr Heenan said he acted as company secretary through his firm and was not paid separately for those roles.

His entry in the council's register of interests has been amended, he added.

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