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Council leader 'offensive' remark probe goes on

Published date: 18 October 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones 

AN INVESTIGATION is continuing into whether council leader Mike Jones broke a code of conduct by calling two of his constituents ‘d***heads’.

Tattenhall resident Colin Oats heard the Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) leader make the offensive remark during a public meeting.

He complained to the authority which launched an investigation into Cllr Jones’ behaviour.

Should the investigation find Cllr Jones has breached the Councillors’ Code of Conduct then the authority’s monitoring officer Simon Goacher will decide what action to take.

Cllr Jones – who has already said he “regrets” the insult – could be told to accept his behaviour was unacceptable and apologise.

But if Mr Goacher believes the breach warrants stiffer punishment, then the council’s new standards complaints panel will be asked to conduct a hearing.

Possible sanctions include handing Cllr Jones a formal censure or written warning, giving him extra training or recommending removing his special responsibilities.

Cllr Jones, who represents Tattenhall, admitted making the offensive comment in a meeting organised by Tattenhall and District Parish Council to discuss plans to build 70 homes in the village.

CWaC spokesman Ian Callister said: “The council’s complaints investigation procedure is currently still active in this case and until that process has been completed the authority is unable to comment.

“A final report has yet to be presented to the monitoring officer and therefore, as yet, there are no findings on which to base any decision.

“The council leader has already issued a public statement regretting his expression and does not wish to comment further.”

 

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