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Deputy Mayor for Policing Investigated by Watchdog

Tuesday 15th January 2012

The Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh is being investigated by the police watchdog.

It relates to allegations about a new housing development in Earls Court, which was approved by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, while Mr Greenhalgh was leader.

Jonathan Rosenberg, a campaigner against the development, made the complaint.

"When the council was going around the estate, it was offering people flats in this new development in exchange for them supporting the scheme," he told LBC 97.3's Dan Freedman, adding that he believes this was an attempt to 'curry favour' for the demolition scheme.

"What we're talking about here is an abuse of power," he claimed. "Using council accommodation to get people to support a controversial scheme is unlawful."

The Mayor's office says the complaint refers to Mr Greenhalgh's previous role at the local authority and has been passed on to the IPCC.

"I am immensely proud of my record as Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader," Stephen Greenhalgh said. "These baseless allegations are politically-motivated.  I refuse to be distracted from my important role as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime."

Last month Mr Greenhalgh made headlines after allegations he inappropriately touched a female member of staff.

He said he had no recollection of the incident but apologised for anything that might have been misunderstood.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson decided not to take the matter further saying the report into it was not damning enough to take more action.