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ISLINGTON'S CAMP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST RULES ON DISQUALIFICATION

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The Islington LBC councillor who was this week allowed to continue serving as an elected member despite being an em...
The Islington LBC councillor who was this week allowed to continue serving as an elected member despite being an employee of the London Hosuing Unit has said she believes legislation on disqualification should be changed.

The Highbury and Islington Express (p5) reports that Sheila Camp was told by the judge she could not be disqualified from office because she was already an employee of the LHU - an organisation to which Islington makes appointments - before she was elected.

She said: 'The law is so unclear on this. This case has highlighted the need for a review of the law, which Hilary Armstrong has accepted.

'No one should be put in this position again. I'm not the only councillor in this position, I just happened to be the one at the forefront.'

Ms Camp added: 'My feeling is that the legislation under which I may have been disqualified was from an earlier era and the new way in which local authorities are working together with each other highlights the need for a review.'

The judge ordered the council to pick up all Ms Camp's costs but praised the council for taking the matter to the High Court rather than making a ruling that could then be challenged, thus incurring even greater legal costs.

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