Councillor calls for resignation of Harrow representative sentenced for attempted theft and fraud (From Harrow Times)
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Councillor Simon Williams calls for resignation of Harrow representative David Gawn after fraud and attempted theft sentencing
A councillor has called on a fellow representative to resign following his sentencing for attempted theft and fraud.
In an open letter, the Conservative Harrow-on-the-Hill councillor Simon Williams, called for Labour's Cllr David Gawn to take responsibility for the "serious" crimes he committed and step down immediately.
On December 20 Cllr Gawn, the Labour representative for Harrow-on-the-Hill, was given a ten week suspended jail sentence and a six-week curfew.
Cllr Williams wrote: “You were sentenced for committing two counts of a very serious crime against a very vulnerable person. It took multiple appearances in court for you to finally admit guilt and receive your sentence.
“You were elected as a Labour councillor for Harrow-on-the-Hill ward in May 2010, and continue to unashamedly hold the position as ward councillor to this day.
“As another councillor for Harrow-on-the-Hill, I am urging you to properly understand the duties of the role in which you were elected to serve; to take responsibility for the serious crimes you committed, and to resign immediately.”
He added: “While you may feel it acceptable for Harrow residents to be represented by a criminal, I personally feel they deserve better than that, and once again call on you to resign.”
Cllr Williams is not the only councillor to have called for Cllr Gawn’s resignation.
Cllr Susan Hall, leader of the Conservative group, said: “Irrespective of the sentence passed, Cllr Gawn should resign from the council.
“We councillors are community leaders. Residents elect us to represent them and their interests.
“Cllr Gawn has betrayed the public’s trust through his criminal actions. He now has a moral obligation to resign.”
Cllr Gawn, 35, of Lankers Drive, South Harrow, was first elected in 2006 and formed Harrow Community Radio with three friends at the Wealdstone Centre in High Street in December 2011.