Tuesday, 22 March 2011

RBC: Swaine Guilty Again, Willis "Misleading & Inaccurate"

Standards in public life have been dragged further into the mire as the latest decisions of Reading Borough Council's Standards Sub-Committee have revealed.

At it's meeting on 3 March 2011, the committee - which has an independent non-councillor chair and was attended by a councillor from each of Labour, Lib Dems and the Conservatives - concluded that:

"Cllr Swaine's behaviour had breached the Member Code of Conduct" and instructed the Monitoring Officer to write to Lib Dem Cllr Warren Swaine "to explain that his language had been gratuitously offensive, and disrepectful to others; and his serious allegation of bribery unfounded and un-substantiated, and had brought the council into disrepute and had compromised the impartiality of employees of the council."

Cllr Swaine was also told that "He must desist from this behaviour and remove offending comments from his blog with immediate effect."

The committee was also to seek further advice about "the language and tone" of Cllr Swaine's blog and twitter sites.

At the same meeting, the committee asked the Monitoring Officer to write to Conservative Cllr Richard Willis "to explain that (they) had found his blog site comments to be misleading and inaccurate" and "to tell him that in future he should not make or publish material that was un-substantiated".

Cllr Willis was also to "remove the offending comments from his blog site with immediate effect".

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