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Decision details

Referral of Breach of the Members Code of Conduct by Councillor R Bilcliff

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Referral to Full Council of the Decision of the Audit and Governance Standards Sub-Committee of the finding that Councillor R Bilcliff has breached the members Code of Conduct.


The Audit and Governance Standards Sub-Committee on 21st November 2018 having found a breach of the Members Code of Conduct by Councillor R Bilcliff made the following decisions;


a) The findings in respect of the member’s conduct be published;

b) The Sub-Committee report its findings to full Council for information;

c) It be recommended to full Council that Councillor Bilcliff be issued with a formal censure or be reprimanded.


This report therefore was presented to Council in respect of decisions b and c above of the Standards Sub-Committee.







Council endorsed the Sub-Committee’s Findings in respect of Councillor R Bilcliff presented for information



That Council having considered the matter referred to them by the Audit and Governance Standards Sub-Committee noted the item for information and believe that a formal censure is appropriate in this case; the fact that the findings have been made public is NOT a sufficient outcome in the circumstances



That the matter be Press Released for transparency, but shall not quote any elected member as to remain a non-political matter



The exact wording of the written censure that is to be sent to Councillor Bilcliff be delegated to the Monitoring Officer


(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor R Pritchard)



A motion was made to make the following amendments:


That the Censure or reprimand be deferred until procedural issues for the Code of Conduct have been properly reviewed by the Council and that any possible risks to this decision have been assessed.


(Moved by Councillor R Bilcliff and seconded by Councillor C Cooke)


This motion was not carried.


Rule 4.17.5 of the Constitution, Right to require individual vote to be recorded


Councillor P Standen abstained












Report author: Ryan Keyte

Publication date: 04/07/2019

Date of decision: 11/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 11/12/2018 - Council

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