Dame Shirley beautified

By Simon Round, June 20, 2008

Tel Aviv University’s Insider magazine has a flattering profile of one of its governors, Dame Shirley Porter, which tells her story very much the way the disgraced Westminster City Council ex-leader would want it told.

The magazine gushes: “A quarter of a century ago, as leader and then Lord mayor of the City of Westminster, she spearheaded vast urban beautification and clean-up campaigns.”

Nothing, though, of the way she attempted to cleanse the borough of Labour supporters by selling their council properties and gerrymandering, in what the House of Lords described as “political corruption”.

Coincidentally, Dame Shirley is a generous benefactor to the university.

Last updated: 4:31pm, June 19 2008