Lib Dem councillor found guilty of misconduct

Jon Williams

The Bristol Evening Post reports today that Bradley Stoke Town Councillor Jon Williams (Lib Dem) has been found guilty of misconduct by the Standards Committee of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The ruling follows an incident at a meeting of the Town Council on 3rd December 2008, in which Cllr Williams called his fellow (predominantly Conservative) Councillors “a bunch of w*****s” before storming out of the room.

Cllr Williams’ outburst came during a discussion on the funding of youth work in Bradley Stoke, which led to the Council deciding to work “in partnership” with SGC rather than continuing its existing direct contract with Southern Brooks Community Partnership.

The SGC Standards Committee has ruled that Cllr Williams breached the Councillors’ code of conduct by “failing to treat others with respect” and “bringing his office or authority into disrepute”, according to the paper.

Cllr Williams’ apology for the outburst was “recorded” at a subsequent meeting of the Town Council on 17th December 2008. It seems however that this was not good enough for one of the other Councillors, believed by The Journal to be John Ashe (Conservative), who decided to take the matter to a higher level.

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