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COUNCILLOR WHO LAUNCHED 'TIRADE' BANNED FOR FOUR YEARS

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Graham Hancy of Banham Parish Council has been disqualified from being or becoming a councillor for four years. The...
Graham Hancy of Banham Parish Council has been disqualified from being or becoming a councillor for four years. The ban was handed down at a hearing on Tuesday by the independent Adjudication Panel for England and follows an investigation by The Standards Board for England into an alleged breach of the councillors' Code of Conduct.

The Adjudication Panel for England accepted the case made by the Ethical Standards Officer - who conducted the investigation - that Mr Hancy launched into a 'tirade' against a member of the public at a parish council meeting on 10 June 2003. The panel also found that Mr Hancy undertook a series of premeditated and intimidating actions against a member of the public on 14 June 2003. A police caution was issued regarding an incident of intimidation.

The panel considered that Mr Hancy offered no credible evidence of regret for his actions.

The panel disqualified Mr Hancy for four years for bringing his office or authority into disrepute. A disqualification of one year was also imposed, to run concurrently, for failing to treat others with respect.

Anthony Holland, chair of The Standards Board for England, said:

'The public has a right to expect better of an elected member. The sanction that has been imposed reflects the severity of Mr Hancy's actions and shows that behaviour such as this will not be tolerated at any level in local democracy.'

The case summary is available here.

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