Dorset County Council leader charged under Localism Act

Councillor Spencer Flower
Image caption Spencer Flower is leader of Dorset County Council

The leader of Dorset County Council has been charged with failing to declare interests in two housing companies.

Spencer Flower, of Verwood, Dorset, faced three offences under the Localism Act 2011, prosecutors said.

The 72-year-old will attend Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 2 December.

It is alleged that Mr Flower failed to tell East Dorset District Council and the county council that he was a non-executive director for Zebra Property Solutions LTD.

Mr Flower is also accused of failing to disclose his interest in Synergy Housing Ltd, a company for which he was also a non-executive director, at a county council meeting on 25 February 2013.

At this meeting the council's core strategy for the provision of social housing was discussed and it is alleged that Mr Flower voted and took part in the discussion.

John Locke, senior crown prosecutor for the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said it was in the "public interest" to prosecute.

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