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Bid for Newham councillors to face regular criminal record checks is dropped

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:29 19 March 2019

Councillors could be screened and subjected to a further DBS check every two year. Pic: Newham Council

Councillors could be screened and subjected to a further DBS check every two year. Pic: Newham Council

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A proposals for Newham councillors to be subjected to criminal record checks has been withdrawn at the 11th hour.

Councillor Suga Thekkeppurayil had proposed that all elected members, and potential candidates, be screened by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The motion was due to be voted at during a full council meeting this evening but has been dropped.

If it had passed, all councillors would have been screened within three months and subjected to a further DBS check every two years.

Individual political parties have undertaken DBS checks for candidates in the past, but the rule has not been consistently applied to all elected members.

Cllr Thekkeppurayil has said in his motion: “Newham has a large proportion of young people living in the borough.

“Our strength as a council is based on the trust of local residents, many of whom are fighting every day to make ends meet.

“Many of our residents come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and suffer from poor social mobility and higher rates of deprivation. This is why we must always ensure that all our elected representatives have a clear history when it comes to dealing with vulnerable people.”

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