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MAYOR OF LONDON BREAKS CODE OF CONDUCT

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The independent Adjudication Panel for England today decided that the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, broke the L...
The independent Adjudication Panel for England today decided that the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, broke the Local Government Code of Conduct by bringing his office into disrepute and has been suspended for a period of four weeks, effective from 1 March 2006.

The case was referred to the adjudication panel, the members of which are appointed by the Lord Chancellor in a similar manner to magistrates, because the London Assembly had already taken a view on the mayor's conduct, making it inappropriate for their standards committee to hear the case.

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

'The public expects all elected members to conduct themselves in a manner that is beyond reproach. It is right that the facts of this case have been aired and considered in public in this way.'

The Standards Board for England's costs of this case have amounted to approximately£45,000. The greater part of this has been due to complex legal issues raised during the case. It is understood that the costs for the Adjudication Panel are approximately£7,000.

The Standards Board for England is responsible for promoting high ethical standards and investigating allegations that members' behaviour may have fallen short of the required standards.

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