HERE (in Southport - 22 miles away)?
Or HERE (in Stoneycroft)?
HER Majesty's Constabulary are today investigating where Lib Dem 'Local Champion' Dave Irving lives - Stoneycroft or 22 miles away in Southport.
(Good question, eds)
Because if Councillor Irving, a former police officer, lives in Southport he will be guilty of breaking election law by standing as his party's candidate for Knotty Ash in the local elections on May 1st.
The Local Government Act says anyone standing for election should have either lived in Liverpool for 12 months, or work in the city.
Lib Dem Irving, who chairs the city council’s powerful Planning Committee, is not employed in Liverpool. He is now retired. So that option is out.
A detailed report, which has been handed to police, contains statements and photographs allegedly showing Irving living at 7 Dunbar Road, Birkdale in the borough of Sefton.
The photographs apparently show Irving leaving the house in Birkdale in the morning, where his car had allegedly been left outside overnight.
In others, he is shown walking the family dog! (Not the rottweiller McElhinney, eds)
According to land registry checks, the imposing semi in up-market Birkdale is owned by Irving and his wife, Yvonne.
Irving is also alleged to have an ex-directory phone number in his name at the Birkdale address.
But at the same time, Irvine has registered on the Liverpool city council electoral roll as living at 96 Moscow Drive, Stoneycroft, Liverpool L13.
This means he can stand in elections in Liverpool.
In fact, his son
Neighbours in Moscow Drive insist Irving senior does not live there, according to the report.
(He says, they says, who knows? ed)
Police must now decide whether Lib Dem Irving has broken the law and attempted to mislead voters in Knotty Ash by claiming he lives in Liverpool - when, in fact, he lives in Southport.
If so, he could be prosecuted for corruption under the Representation of the People Act, 1983.
He would be liable to be jailed and/or fined and disqualified from public office for up to five years.
It would also mean that important decisions which Irving has taken as Chair of the city council’s Planning Committee could now face legal challenges in the High Court.
That could cost council taxpayers a fortune in massive legal bills – which the city would have to pick up.
Ironically Lib Dem election leaflets in Knotty Ash portray Irvine, who has been a councillor for ten years, as their ‘local champion’.
So, we think we should be told, before May 1st - where do you really live Dave?
- No 56 in the Liverpool Subculture series 'Stories you won't be reading in the Echo'.