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Ethics Committee code of conduct decision

Published Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Ethics Committee on Friday 17 March held a hearing into a complaint that Cllr Jaswant Birdi had breached the Code of Conduct for Elected and Co-opted Members.

The report, by an independent investigator, set out that while some of the allegations were not supported, Cllr Birdi had breached the Code in respect of his aggressive and abusive behaviour and in threatening to close down a shop.

Following the hearing to consider the investigation, the Committee decided that Cllr Birdi had breached the code of conduct. The Committee decided to sanction Cllr Birdi. Read the Ethics Committee decision notice.

Sanctions include:

  1. publishing its findings in respect of Councillor Birdi’s conduct:
  2. sending a formal letter of censure to Councillor Birdi;
  3. reporting its findings to full Council with a recommendation that it censures Councillor Birdi;
  4. recommending to Councillor Birdi’s Group Leader that he be removed as Shadow Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities; and
  5. recommending to the Acting Monitoring Officer that she arranges appropriate training for Councillor Birdi.

The Ethics Committee has a complaints protocol set up in August 2012 for use when dealing with complaints about councillors under its code of conduct.

Hearings into any Elected or Co-opted Member complaints are designed to ensure that the Council discharges its duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct.

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