Electric issue sparks probe

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AN INVESTIGATION took place at Rotherham Council following claims Labour group councillors were using a council building and the council’s electricity to run a printer producing political leaflets ahead of the election.

Conservative Coun Tony Mannion, who made the complaint, said: “The issue is not so much about the amount of money involved as the sheer audacity in the way the Labour Party has installed a large expensive printer in a public building.”

Council chief executive Martin Kimber said: “An allegation that public-funded electricity was being used to power private equipment was made. When the matter was investigated it was found that an invoice for the costs of the electricity had been requested. It is wrong to suggest there will be any detriment to the public purse.”