Councillor McLoughlin be elected as
Chairman of the Standards Hearing Panel.
Apologies for Absence
Amendment to the Order of Business
Chairman explained to the Committee that due to the particularly
confidential nature of the hearing that the item considering
representations as to whether to exclude the press or public from
the Monitoring Officer and Subject Member (item 6 on the agenda),
and the item to consider whether to exclude the press and public
(item 7 on the agenda) were brought forward to protect the
confidentiality of those involved in the meeting.
RESOLVED:That items 6 and 7 on the agenda be considered
before Item 3. Declarations of
To receive representations from the Monitoring Officer and/or Subject Member as to whether any part of the hearing should be held in private and/or whether any documents (or parts thereof) should be withheld from the public/press
Monitoring Officer explained that it was necessary for the hearing
to take place in private and the documents presented be kept
confidential in order to protect the privacy of those involved in
To determine whether the public/press are to be excluded from any part of the meeting and/or whether any documents (or any parts thereof) should be withheld from the public/press
public and press be excluded from the meeting and the documents
marked as not for publication in the agenda be kept confidential
under paragraphs 1 and 2 of Schedule 12A the Local Government Act
1972, having considered the public interest test.
Declarations of Interests
members of the panel disclosed that they had known the subject
member personally through their roles as a members but this would
not affect their judgement in this matter.
In the absence of the Subject Member, to consider whether to adjourn or to proceed with the hearing
subject member was present.
Introduction of those Present
present at the Hearing introduced themselves.
Investigating Officer, presented the
findings of her investigation and concluded that in her opinion
there had been a breach of the Councillor’s Code of Conduct.
The specific provisions that the Investigating Officer considered
the subject member had breached were:
·Paragraph 3(1)(a) when
using the resources of the Authority, Councillors must act in
accordance with the Authority’s reasonable requirements;
Councillors must not conduct themselves in a manner which could
reasonably be regarded as bringing their office or the Authority
Witnesses were called to confirm the accuracy of the information
that had been presented by the Investigating Officer.
subject member spoke to confirm the information that had been
Chairman asked the Council’s Independent Person for Standards
Investigations for her opinion as to whether the Code of Conduct
had been breached having heard the evidence presented. The
Independent Person stated that in her opinion the Code of Conduct
had been breached on both counts.
Chairman adjourned the hearing to deliberate whether the subject
member had breached the Code of Conduct.
the Panel re-convened the Chairman confirmed that the Panel had
decided that the subject member had breached the Code of Conduct on
both counts presented.
Chairman asked the Monitoring Officer, the Independent Person and
the subject member their views on possible sanctions.
Chairman adjourned the hearing to consider which sanctions, if any,
were appropriate to apply in this case.
the panel reconvened, the Chairman announced the