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NEW TOWER HAMLETS MEMBER TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST OWN COUNCIL

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A newly elected councillor with Tower Hamlets LBC is taking legal action against the authority to seek compensation...
A newly elected councillor with Tower Hamlets LBC is taking legal action against the authority to seek compensation for alleged unfair treatment when she was employed as a housing officer.

The East London Advertiser (p2) reports that Betheline Chattopadhyay will give evidence at an industrial tribunal alleging that she was traumatised and took sick leave becuase of the behaviour of her managers at the council.

However, she faces criticism because, as a councillor, she has a legal duty to protect the public purse. Voters are also angry that they were not told of her dispute with the authority before she was elected on 7 May.

Liberal Democrat leader Janet Ludlow said: 'She should have thought of this before she stood. It would never occur to me to stand in that position.'

A council spokesman said: 'This presents potential legal difficulties and the council is currently taking legal advice on whether an employer is capable of suing itself.'
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