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Deputy leader cleared at conduct hearing
1:49pm Monday 29th October 2012 in News
THE deputy leader of Tendring Council has been cleared of misconduct by his colleagues despite an independent panel finding he aggressively confronted a member of the public.
Peter Halliday was accused of swearing at Paul Dearsley after pursuing him out of the council chamber in May this year.
Mr Dearsley had heckled the Tory over a decision not to make council land available to his nursery, Willow Tree in Clacton, to use as a car park.
A leaked report shows a five-strong independent panel found Mr Halliday showed undue aggression, was guilty of gross misconduct and should be severely reprimanded.
However, the council’s commitee has ruled Mr Halliday did not breach the councillors’ code of conduct and has criticised the panel’s investigation.
The committee is comprised of seven councillors, including four Conservaties, leading to accusations the decision was made on politicial grounds.
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