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BIRMINGHAM 'SLEAZEBUSTER' INTENDS TO NAME AND SHAME WRONGDOERS

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The man who will lead the investigation into allegations of corruption in Birmingham City Council has said he wants...
The man who will lead the investigation into allegations of corruption in Birmingham City Council has said he wants to 'name and shame' offenders.

The Birmingham Post (p3) reports that Philip Richardson, a solicitor, believes that for a councillor to publicly declare an offence would be sufficient sanction but he said he would also be prepared to suspend or disqualify councillors found guilty of impropriety.

'Naming councillors in public will be the greatest way of shaming them, and then it will be up to the public to decide what their future will be,' he said.

He added: 'I think its something that needs to be done objectively and I come with no political agenda, very little knowledge of the allegations and an unbiased and unprejudiced view.

'Against that, there is the need to deal with the matter swiftly for the council's sake but within the confines of natural justice so people have the opportunity to respond. I think it is essential that a council operates with the complete trust of its electorate and shows it is doing all it can to keep the council honest, and it's important those declarations are made from time to time.'
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