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Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Elizabeth Martin-Jones and Councillor A Kitcher
Declarations of Interest
Members of the Standards Committee are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.
Although Councillor Kitcher had given her apologies, if she had attended the meeting she would have declared her interest in Item 03.
10.00 – 11.00 am
The Chair outlined to the Standards Committee the format of the meeting
The Chair formally opened the meeting by giving an overview of the case and introducing the panel to all present.
The representatives from the Ombudsman gave their opening statement to the Committee which included the initial complaint and their findings which were outlined within the report.
Councillor Griffin gave his opening statement.
Questions were raised by the committee and were answered by the appropriate party.
Mr Ian Caleb of the Merthyr Express entered the hearing to give his evidence.
Questions were asked of Mr Caleb by all parties present and were answered by Mr Caleb.
Mr Caleb left the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned for lunch.
Mr Hugh O’Sullivan (former Director of Finance) entered the hearing to give his evidence.
Questions were asked of Mr O’Sullivan by all parties present and were answered by Mr O’Sullivan.
Mr O’Sullivan left the meeting.
Mr Alistair O’Neill (Former Chief Executive of this Authority) was interviewed via a telephone link.
Questions were asked of Mr Neill by all parties present and were answered by Mr Neill.
The meeting was adjourned until Tuesday 17th May 2011.
TUESDAY 17TH MAY 2011
The Chair reconvened the meeting.
Cathy Crompton summed up on behalf of the Ombudsman
Councillor Griffin also summed up his case
Committee then adjourned for deliberation.
The Committee went through the facts of the case.
Facts not in dispute:
Facts not in dispute but not considered relevant to this part of the decision making process taking numberings from Councillor Griffins response 2 3 4 8
Finding of Fact made, taking numbering from Councillor Griffin’s response
The deliberation ended at 12.55pm.
Submissions took place where the Committee then ruled that Councillor Griffin had breached the code of conduct.
The committee then deliberated on whether to apply a sanction and if so what sanction.
We have considered at length the precise wordings of the statement made by Councillor Griffin, particularly in light of our findings as to his intentions. We find that the statement was unfair and that in making it Councillor Griffin breached the Code of Conduct at 6(1)(a) in that he could reasonably be regarded as ... view the full minutes text for item 1064.
Any other item deemed urgent by the Chair
No other business was discussed