Agenda item

Joint Standards Committee - 3 September 2020

·                 Minute No. 7 - Standards Complaint – Councillor Adrian Fluker

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

(i)              that the Minutes of the Joint Standards Committee held on 3 September 2020 be received.

 

Minute 7: Standards Complaint – Councillor A S Fluker

Councillor M S Helm, Chairman of this meeting of the Joint Standards Committee, referred to the Statutory Annual Council being able to appoint Members onto Committees and therefore the 12-month suspension detailed in recommendation (iv) would end up being 19 months.  He proposed that recommendation (iv) be amended to read “…Working Groups until the May 2021 Statutory Annual meeting of the Council’.  This was duly seconded.

 

A debate ensued during which the Lead Legal Specialist and Monitoring Officer provided guidance to Members regarding the rights of a Member to attend meetings, even those they were not a member of.

 

In accordance with Procedure Rule No. 13 (3) Councillor K M H Lagan requested a recorded vote.  This was duly seconded.

 

Following further debate the Chairman put recommendation (iii) as set out in the Minutes to the vote.  The voting was as follows

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors E L Bamford, M G Bassenger, Miss A M Beale, B S Beale, V J Bell, M F L Durham, M R Edwards, Mrs J L Fleming, M S Heard, M W Helm, A J Hull, K W Jarvis, J V Keyes, K M H Lagan, C Mayes, C P Morley, C Morris, S P Nunn, N G F Shaughnessy, R H Siddall, N J Skeens, W Stamp, J Stilts, C Swain, Mrs M E Thompson and Miss S White.

 

Against the recommendation:

None

 

Abstention:

Councillors R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer, R P F Dewick and A S Fluker.

 

The Chairman declared that recommendation (iii) was therefore agreed.

 

Members then voted on Councillor Helm’s amendment to recommendation (iv) to read ‘Groups until the May 2021 Statutory Annual meeting of the Council’.  In accordance with the earlier request for a recorded vote the voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors E L Bamford, R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer, R P F Dewick, A S Fluker, M W Helm, A L Hull, J V Keyes, C P Morley, Mrs M E Thompson and Miss S White.

 

Against the recommendation:

Councillors M G Bassenger, Miss A M Beale, B S Beale, V J Bell, M R Edwards, M S Heard, K W Jarvis, K M H Lagan, C Mayes, C Morris, S P Nunn, N G F Shaughnessy, R H Siddall, N J Skeens, W Stamp, J Stilts and C Swain.

 

Abstention:

Councillors M F L Durham and Mrs J L Fleming.

 

The motion was therefore declared lost. 

 

The Chairman then put recommendation (iv) as set out in the Minutes, a recorded vote was taken, and the voting was as follows:

 

For the recommendation:

Councillors M G Bassenger, Miss A M Beale, B S Beale, V J Bell, M F L Durham, M R Edwards, Mrs J L Fleming, M S Heard, K W Jarvis, K M H Lagan, C Mayes, C Morris, S P Nunn, N G F Shaughnessy, R H Siddall, N J Skeens, W Stamp, J Stilts and C Swain.

 

Against the recommendation:

Councillors E L Bamford, R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer, R P F Dewick, A S Fluker, M W Helm, A L Hull, J V Keyes, C P Morley, Mrs M E Thompson and Miss S White.

 

Abstention:

None.

 

The Chairman declared that this was therefore agreed.

 

RESOLVED

 

(ii)            that as Councillor A S Fluker had failed to comply with the Council’s Code of Conduct the Council should issue a formal letter of censure signed by the Chairman of the Council;

 

(iii)          that Councillor A S Fluker not be permitted to serve on any Committees (including the District Planning and South Eastern Area Planning Committees) or Working Groups for the next 12 months.

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