A former Tory councillor in Horsham is due to receive a peerage after he was given a post in the new Government.
Andrew Dunlop represented Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead on Horsham District Council from 2011 to 2013, but has recently been a special adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron on Scottish affairs.
He has been appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for the Government’s Scotland Office and is due to receive a peerage, which will put him in the House of Lords.
Back in March 2012 when he was still on Horsham District Council following an approach by the County Times Mr Dunlop released the following statement:
“Four weeks ago I started commuting daily to London to attend a new full time job. Generally I park and catch a train from Gatwick, but I have from time to time for other logistical reasons caught a train from Horsham.
“I can therefore confirm that on a limited number of occasions in recent weeks when I was not on council business my car has been parked in an HDC car park adjacent to the council’s offices.
“When it was brought to my attention by a council officer that car passes should only be used exclusively on council business, I immediately refrained from using this car park. I apologise unreservedly for any inappropriate use of the pass. I will of course make good any loss that the Council has suffered as a result.
“I will ask Tom Crowley, the council’s chief executive, to refer me to the Standards Committee should this be felt appropriate.
“I have been asked by the County Times to clarify what allowances I have received since becoming a councillor.
“I receive the basic members’ allowance and I am also entitled to claim 65p per mile mileage for travelling from my home in Partridge Green to meetings in Horsham and back.
“I can confirm that since my election in May 2011 I have never claimed - and have no intention of claiming - for any travel expenses.”
Former Horsham MP Francis Maude is one of the six members of the new Government, along with Mr Dunlop, in line for a peerage from the Queen.
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