Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee - Monday 23rd January, 2023 10.00 am

Venue: Mandela Room

Contact: Susan Lightwing 

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Welcome and Evacuation Procedure


The Chair welcomed all present to the meeting and read out the Building Evacuation Procedure.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


There were no declarations of interest at this point in the meeting..



Minutes- Standards Committee - 17 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 204 KB


The minutes of the Standards Committee meeting held on 17 October 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.



Quarterly Update Report to Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 186 KB


A joint report of the Director of Legal And Governance Services and Executive Member for Legal And Governance Services was presented to provide a quarterly update to the Standards Committee regarding the recent and current position concerning Code of Conduct complaints and an update in regards to the Motion presented to full Council on the Standards Hearing on Wednesday 30 November 2022 in regards to breaches of the Code of Conduct by Councillor McTigue.


There was 1 complaint from 2020, and 4 complaints from 2021, 5 ongoing from 2022 at various stages of the process which had not yet concluded. Specific information in relation to those complaints could not currently be provided so as not to prejudice any outcomes, and/or create a conflict should any of those complaints be considered by the Standards Committee at a future date.


An update to the figures previously given was provided, whereby it had been clarified two of the 2022 complaints had been resolved previously


Eight new complaints had been submitted to date in 2023, which were currently being assessed.


On 11th May 2022 the Standards Committee, in consultation with the Independent Person, ordered that sanctions were imposed on Councillor J McTigue as a result of a number of breaches of the Members Code of Conduct. An update in regards to those sanctions was provided as follows:


a.               Councillor McTigue to provide a written apology to the Council employee who was the subject of the complaint, by 6 July 2022, with a copy provided to the Standards Committee. UPDATE: Not complied with. Cllr McTigue had refused to write the letter to date.


b.               Councillor McTigue to receive one-to-one training on the appropriate use of social media and the Member/Officer Protocol, to be provided by the relevant Council Officer(s), and this should be completed by 6 July 2022. UPDATE: Not complied with. Training was offered however Cllr McTigue refused to participate.


c.                Councillor McTigue to be subject of a motion of public censure at the Council meeting scheduled for 6 July 2022. UPDATE: the motion was considered and passed by a vote on 30 November 2022


d.               Should sanctions 1 and 2 above not be completed within the stated timescale, Councillor McTigue would be subject to further public censure.


Following the previous committee meeting, it was ordered in consultation with the Independent Person via written correspondence, the following sanctions were imposed:


a.               Councillor McTigue to be removed from the role of Chair of the Economic Development, Environment and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel. This sanction had immediate effect.


b.         Councillor McTigue to be subject of a motion of public censure, proposed by Councillor Mawston, and seconded by Councillor M Storey, at the next ordinary Council meeting as follows:

i.          It is to be noted that Cllr McTigue had been found to be in breach of the Code of Conduct and further had failed to comply with the sanctions that were imposed by the Standards Committee at the hearing on the 11th May 2022, namely:


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Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered