- Dame Shirley Porter organised and ran a scheme in which houses could be purchased by their residents for very low prices, in an effort to increase the chances of her re-election
- The scheme was said to be illegal and so Dame Porter would face £31 million in personal liability if an investigation proved so
- Could the resulting investigation’s decision be quashed where an initial press conference appeared to be biased
- A new (and final) test of bias was found:
Whether the fair minded and informed observer would conclude that there was a real possibility of bias.
- Dame Shirley suddenly didn’t have any assets, but was eventually fined for a much lesser sum