Investigation into Tory group leader Glen Miller after he reports himself over stationery

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Leader of Bradford Council’s Conservative group Glen Miller Leader of Bradford Council’s Conservative group Glen Miller

The leader of Bradford Council’s Conservative group has reported himself for investigation after allegedly being caught using taxpayer-funded Council stationery for electioneering.

Councillor Glen Miller, who was re-elected for another four-year term last month, said he had made an “honest mistake” and would reimburse the local authority in full.

The Telegraph & Argus understands that a complaint has been made to Bradford Council that before the elections, Coun Miller had used taxpayer-funded Council paper and envelopes to print election material on.

Coun Miller did not want to comment on the details of the allegation - such as whether the materials concerned were leaflets or letters, or how many had been printed.

He said it would be inappropriate to talk about it while a Council investigation was on-going.

But he added: “It was an honest mistake. I am in the process of rectifying it and the Council is going through its own process.”

Coun Miller said as soon as a Council officer had reported the allegation to him, he had admitted it.

He said: “We make mistakes in life. As soon as it was pointed out to me, I said, ‘Yes, I did do that’.

“I have asked them to give me the costs and I will reimburse them for it.

“I have reported myself to the Standards Committee and I will make a donation to charity.”

Coun Miller said the donation would be made to the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal as a gesture of goodwill.

A spokesman for Bradford Council said: “An allegation has been made and we are looking into it.”

Councillor David Green, leader of the Labour group, declined to comment on the matter.

But Councillor Jeanette Sunderland, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “He’s clearly been caught banged to rights, and he has done the right thing by owning up.

“That is commendable, he could have tried to hide it.”

She said the incident could hopefully spark a wider debate on what was and was not acceptable to put on official Council letters.

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2:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.
Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 15

2:28pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Coun Miller said as soon as a Council officer had reported the allegation to him, he had admitted it.


And if it hadn't been reported, he would have just carried on regardless.
[quote]Coun Miller said as soon as a Council officer had reported the allegation to him, he had admitted it. [/quote] And if it hadn't been reported, he would have just carried on regardless. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 13

2:53pm Fri 6 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter. pcmanners
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BCFC1911 says...

pcmanners wrote:
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Exactly

Its basically akin to someone "borrowing" some pens and a ream of a4 paper from their employers office. Wrong yes but hardly the Brinx robbery is it
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.[/p][/quote]Exactly Its basically akin to someone "borrowing" some pens and a ream of a4 paper from their employers office. Wrong yes but hardly the Brinx robbery is it BCFC1911
  • Score: -12

3:05pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BCFC1911 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.
Yeah another Tory expenses scandal

Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.[/p][/quote]Yeah another Tory expenses scandal Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour. BCFC1911
  • Score: 5

4:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

bluebluerobin says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.
Yeah another Tory expenses scandal

Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Paul Flowers was caught, resigned and was punished. There should be no grey areas in public life.

Corruption is unfortunately part of politics in Bradford, and if Coun. Miller is to stand against it he cannot afford to be tainted in the slightest.

There is also the question of his leadership. He has an abrasive and divisive style that translated into a lacklustre performance at the last election. With Labour doing so badly nationally, and locally failing to get a grip on the city's dereliction and unemployment, he should have been able to steer his party to more than their present 21 seats.

His willingness to side with officials and failure to speak out on planning issues like Crack Lane, Menston and Buck Lane has further eroded his natural power base.

Coun Miller has a safe seat and can safely resign without any fear of the Conservatives losing the by-election. He should reflect on his principles and stand down.
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.[/p][/quote]Yeah another Tory expenses scandal Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour.[/p][/quote]Two wrongs don't make a right. Paul Flowers was caught, resigned and was punished. There should be no grey areas in public life. Corruption is unfortunately part of politics in Bradford, and if Coun. Miller is to stand against it he cannot afford to be tainted in the slightest. There is also the question of his leadership. He has an abrasive and divisive style that translated into a lacklustre performance at the last election. With Labour doing so badly nationally, and locally failing to get a grip on the city's dereliction and unemployment, he should have been able to steer his party to more than their present 21 seats. His willingness to side with officials and failure to speak out on planning issues like Crack Lane, Menston and Buck Lane has further eroded his natural power base. Coun Miller has a safe seat and can safely resign without any fear of the Conservatives losing the by-election. He should reflect on his principles and stand down. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 10

4:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

pcmanners wrote:
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.[/p][/quote]Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 10

4:48pm Fri 6 Jun 14

gouldengirl says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
BCFC1911 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.
Yeah another Tory expenses scandal

Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Paul Flowers was caught, resigned and was punished. There should be no grey areas in public life.

Corruption is unfortunately part of politics in Bradford, and if Coun. Miller is to stand against it he cannot afford to be tainted in the slightest.

There is also the question of his leadership. He has an abrasive and divisive style that translated into a lacklustre performance at the last election. With Labour doing so badly nationally, and locally failing to get a grip on the city's dereliction and unemployment, he should have been able to steer his party to more than their present 21 seats.

His willingness to side with officials and failure to speak out on planning issues like Crack Lane, Menston and Buck Lane has further eroded his natural power base.

Coun Miller has a safe seat and can safely resign without any fear of the Conservatives losing the by-election. He should reflect on his principles and stand down.
I agree. Coun Miller has shown poor leadership of the Conservative Group and this really is the last straw. A man in his position cannot stand accused of petty theft. I wonder if he would have reported himself if nobody had noticed?
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Another Tory expenses scandal. This party and sleaze go together. Coun. Miller should resign if he is to retain any integrity at all.[/p][/quote]Yeah another Tory expenses scandal Nearly as bad as the Tory Flowers drugs and male prostitution scandal......oh hang on a minute I meant Labour.[/p][/quote]Two wrongs don't make a right. Paul Flowers was caught, resigned and was punished. There should be no grey areas in public life. Corruption is unfortunately part of politics in Bradford, and if Coun. Miller is to stand against it he cannot afford to be tainted in the slightest. There is also the question of his leadership. He has an abrasive and divisive style that translated into a lacklustre performance at the last election. With Labour doing so badly nationally, and locally failing to get a grip on the city's dereliction and unemployment, he should have been able to steer his party to more than their present 21 seats. His willingness to side with officials and failure to speak out on planning issues like Crack Lane, Menston and Buck Lane has further eroded his natural power base. Coun Miller has a safe seat and can safely resign without any fear of the Conservatives losing the by-election. He should reflect on his principles and stand down.[/p][/quote]I agree. Coun Miller has shown poor leadership of the Conservative Group and this really is the last straw. A man in his position cannot stand accused of petty theft. I wonder if he would have reported himself if nobody had noticed? gouldengirl
  • Score: 13

5:01pm Fri 6 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?
Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand?
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.[/p][/quote]Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?[/p][/quote]Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand? pcmanners
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BCFC1911 says...

pcmanners wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?
Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand?
He will do it for a tenner

If he doesnt then he clearly is a vile islamophobe
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.[/p][/quote]Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?[/p][/quote]Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand?[/p][/quote]He will do it for a tenner If he doesnt then he clearly is a vile islamophobe BCFC1911
  • Score: -3

5:14pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.
Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?
Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand?
He will do it for a tenner

If he doesnt then he clearly is a vile islamophobe
Does he take Paypal?
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Typical unfair Socialist witch hunt. Councillor Miller made an honest mistake and that should be the end of the matter.[/p][/quote]Do you think he would have admitted it if someone hadn't reported it?[/p][/quote]Hi again Hoffster, can you do your special trick and add like 40 votes in support of Councillor Miller before the socialists get the upper hand?[/p][/quote]He will do it for a tenner If he doesnt then he clearly is a vile islamophobe[/p][/quote]Does he take Paypal? Grumpygirl
  • Score: -2

7:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

bachtothefuture says...

Councillor Miller has not been the best choice of leader for the Bradford Conservatives. He has completely failed to make an impact and as a result the Labour Group are running around doing exactly as they please.

The Core Strategy is a case in point. Apart from a bit of hand wringing in the T&A about the loss of greenbelt Councillor Miller has done nothing to organise a coherent opposition and present a credible alternative. And on top of this we now learn that he has behaved dishonestly over a fairly trivial sum of money.

It is time for him to think of the party, and go.
Councillor Miller has not been the best choice of leader for the Bradford Conservatives. He has completely failed to make an impact and as a result the Labour Group are running around doing exactly as they please. The Core Strategy is a case in point. Apart from a bit of hand wringing in the T&A about the loss of greenbelt Councillor Miller has done nothing to organise a coherent opposition and present a credible alternative. And on top of this we now learn that he has behaved dishonestly over a fairly trivial sum of money. It is time for him to think of the party, and go. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 10

7:26pm Fri 6 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

Mr Miller is a man puffed up with his own self importance. He seems to think that he should follow Eric Pickles into Parliament. Well, until he can operate half as effectively as Eric could, there is no chance of that happening.

Theft is theft, and electoral fraud is electoral fraud. It is inappropriate in any Councillor and, in the leader of the Conservatives, inexcusable. He should go, and go quickly.
Mr Miller is a man puffed up with his own self importance. He seems to think that he should follow Eric Pickles into Parliament. Well, until he can operate half as effectively as Eric could, there is no chance of that happening. Theft is theft, and electoral fraud is electoral fraud. It is inappropriate in any Councillor and, in the leader of the Conservatives, inexcusable. He should go, and go quickly. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 6

7:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

Cllr. Miller has been caught red-handed. Cllr Green has nothing to say; and Cllr. Sunderland mouths some ineffectual platitudes. Are they both afraid to cast the first stone. Cllr. Miller should go.
Cllr. Miller has been caught red-handed. Cllr Green has nothing to say; and Cllr. Sunderland mouths some ineffectual platitudes. Are they both afraid to cast the first stone. Cllr. Miller should go. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 6

8:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

This is all very sad, and had Coun Miller been effective in opposition, maybe the Conservative group could find it in their hearts to be forgiving. As it is they should seize this heaven sent opportunity and ditch Coun Miller for somebody who can start harrying the Labour Administration, for without some kind of proper opposition broken Bradford will continue to fail.
This is all very sad, and had Coun Miller been effective in opposition, maybe the Conservative group could find it in their hearts to be forgiving. As it is they should seize this heaven sent opportunity and ditch Coun Miller for somebody who can start harrying the Labour Administration, for without some kind of proper opposition broken Bradford will continue to fail. FinlandStation
  • Score: 2

9:29am Sat 7 Jun 14

SinnerSaint says...

Once Scotland gains independence we'll never have to suffer a Labour government again until the UK Muslim population grows so large that they are able to influence politics as much as they do here in filthy, corrupt, minority biased Bradford.

Please Scots - do us a favour!!! 😳😱😃
Once Scotland gains independence we'll never have to suffer a Labour government again until the UK Muslim population grows so large that they are able to influence politics as much as they do here in filthy, corrupt, minority biased Bradford. Please Scots - do us a favour!!! 😳😱😃 SinnerSaint
  • Score: 3

8:06am Sun 8 Jun 14

G_Firth says...

If he's done it how many others have as well is the question but more to the point this is totally against election rules and thus he has to be disqualified from the election for malpractice.
You can not have one rule for one and another rule for others.
If he's done it how many others have as well is the question but more to the point this is totally against election rules and thus he has to be disqualified from the election for malpractice. You can not have one rule for one and another rule for others. G_Firth
  • Score: 2

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