Councillor Peter Lawless resigns from Conservatives after fraud sentencing

Councillor Peter Lawless resigns from Conservatives after fraud sentencing

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Michael Owens

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Councillor Peter Lawless resigns from Conservatives after fraud sentencing

Royal Borough councillor Peter Lawless has resigned from the Conservative group after pleading guilty to benefit fraud offences on Friday.

The representative for Eton Wick was given a two-year conditional discharge after he admitted three charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances which he knew affected his entitlement to benefit at Slough Magistrates Court.

He received £4,839.11 in housing benefit overpayments between May 16, 2011 and January 6, 2014.

He did not declare his council members' allowance, through which he earned £19,590.48 in that time.

Conservative Group Leader, Cllr David Burbage said: “Cllr Lawless had already been suspended by the Conservative Group after he had been charged with the offences, pending further action.

"Following the court case, I have accepted his immediate resignation from the Conservative Group. 

"As he is no longer a Group member, there is no further action we can take."

The 62-year-old, of Eton Wick Road, now ceases to take the Conservative whip but remains as a councillor at the time of writing.

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