Mayor breaches code of conduct after losing temper at Newham show
PUBLISHED: 13:26 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:08 04 February 2015
The Mayor of Newham has been found guilty of breaching the council’s Member Code of Conduct after losing his temper with affordable housing campaigners in East Ham last summer.
Sir Robin Wales was approached by members of local housing campaign group, Focus E15, during the Newham Mayor’s Show in Central Park last July.
In a clip posted to YouTube the mayor can be seen shouting and waving his hand at members of the campaign group.
The four minute video also shows Jasmine Stone of the Focus E15 group criticising the mayor’s housing policies through a megaphone.
The investigation was sparked after a local resident and campaigner, Kevin Blowe, submitted a formal complaint.
This was examined by an independent investigator appointed by the council’s standards advisory committee.
The investigation found that the mayor had breached the code by failing to show appropriate respect to a member of the public.
In a statement, Focus E15, said: “This is a victory for the many people who have been the target of Robin Wales’ arrogant and rude behaviour and who have witnessed the contempt that he has for working class people in his borough over the last 13 years as mayor.”
The council’s standards advisory committee has since written to Sir Robin and the campaigner which the incident relates to, in an attempt to “facilitate a meeting to seek to come to an understanding of both sides of the issue.”
A spokesperson for Newham Council said: “The investigator found that the Mayor of Newham had breached the Code of Conduct albeit under mitigating circumstances. The committee concurred with the investigation findings.
“The complainant and the Mayor of Newham have been written to informing them of the decision.”
Sir Robin has been Mayor of Newham since 2002.
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