The Conservative majority of Westminster council adopted a policy to sell council houses in parts of the City where it was believed that home owners were more likely to vote Conservative. It became known as "the homes for votes scandal", involving Shirley Porter. As the leader of Westminister City Council, she helped formulate a policy which appeared to be designed to sell off council housing for the purpose of electoral advantage in marginal wards.
The House of Lords accepted that councillors are elected. However, their powers can only be used for the purposes for which they are conferred, and not for the electoral advantage of a political party.