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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - STOP THE PRESS

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We have been made aware of LGC's intention to publish a further story relating to our investigation following a com...
We have been made aware of LGC's intention to publish a further story relating to our investigation following a complaint relating to the behaviour of a number of members of Islington LBC, leading to the appointment of its chief executive.

We believe this is a serious error of judgment and request you reconsider publishing anything which may prejudice the outcome of the investigation, should it result in the ethical standards officer referring the case to an independent tribunal.

LGC's story 'Bailey probe drags into year two' itself risked being prejudicial in its effect (LGC, 23 July). The story was one-sided and inappropriate. Comparisons to the trials held at Nuremberg, and those of the Kray brothers and Charles Manson were juvenile and too contemptuous as to justify serious comment.

It was also wrong for you to suggest the Standards Board for England is conducting an investigation into the actions of Islington chief executive Helen Bailey. We are investigating a complaint relating to the behaviour of a number of members of the authority leading to her appointment.

Regardless of the details of your story, and whether those quoted have been accurately reported, it is concerning that LGC is commenting in such a fashion on any investigation before it is complete.

To safeguard the rights of all concerned, I trust you will not seek to prejudice either the statutory findings of the ethical standards officer or the outcome of any possible subsequent hearing by further publication.

Sir Anthony Holland

Chair, Standards Board for England

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