Wirral Council published Standards Panel decision and recommendations after complaint made about councillors
In an update to last month’s Wirral Council’s Standards Panel met to consider complaint made about Cllr Paul Hayes’ quote in a press release Wirral Council yesterday (6th November 2018) published the decision of the Standards Panel who in a 4 page decision found:
Cllr Ian Lewis did not breach the Code of Conduct.
Cllr Tom Anderson did not breach the Code of Conduct.
Cllr Paul Hayes did not breach the Code of Conduct in relation to all allegations except for one allegation which was found a minor breach of the Code of Conduct in relation to one sentence in a press release he issued and specifically with regards to respect towards Dr Maggie Atkinson.
As a result of the complaint there are two outcomes:
1) the Standards Panel Chair (Cllr Phil Gilchrist) is required to write to Cllr Ian Lewis asking him to give advice and guidance to his Group’s councillors on press releases in the future.
2) the Standards Panel decision will be reported to the next ordinary public meeting of the Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee held on the evening of the 20th November 2018.
Wirral Council’s Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee meets tonight at a public meeting at Wallasey Town Hall to consider whether to change policy in how complaints about councillors are dealt with.
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