Bully councillor suspended

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A PARISH councillor in South Yorkshire has been suspended by a standards tribunal after he was found guilty of bullying the council clerk.

Coun Ronald Law, a member of Wales Parish Council in Rotherham for the last four years, has to step down until April 30.

The decision was made by a Local Government Standards in England tribunal, sitting in Rotherham, after an official complaint was made that Coun Law had bullied the Wales Council clerk Jane Anthony.

Judge Beverley Primhak, sitting with tribunal members Chris Perrett and Richard Enderby, decided that Coun Law failed to follow the council's code of conduct in January and February 2010.

A summary report delivered by the tribunal said: "By his aggressive and intimidating behaviour he failed to treat the parish clerk with respect, bullied her and brought the role of councillor of Wales Parish Council into disrepute."

The complaint was referred to Local Government Standards in England after Rotherham Council's standards committee assessment panel found that "Coun Law's repetitive behaviour towards Mrs Anthony, despite interventions from other people, constituted a potential breach of the code of conduct".

Parish council chair Coun Gill Shaw said after the hearing: "It has been a very difficult time for the authority and we have had to take advice from Rotherham Council, which referred the case to the Local Government Standards in England tribunal."

The next parish council meetings are in May. Coun Shaw said it was not clear whether Coun Law would return to office when his suspension comes to an end.

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