Rainham and Wennington councillor’s standards meeting summons “for own benefit”

A Havering councillor has been completely cleared of breaching the town hall code of conduct and was asked to attend a meeting “for his own benefit”.

The Recorder reported recently that Rainham and Wennington councillor Jeff Tucker had been cleared over comments at a July council meeting in a discussion about outsourcing reablement services, when he suggested that Phillipino workers may work for less money than others.

After he was cleared of wrongdoing, a council officer wrote to the the Independent Residents’ Group leader to ask him to attend a meeting over the comments.

Cllr Tucker said he was being unfairly targeted over the issue.

But a recent letter from a legal officer to the councillor said: “The panel was concerned to try and help protect you from the possibility of similar allegations in the future.

“I think the panel would be surprised that you perceive this action, which was intended to be helpfully, as biased or discriminating against you.”

But Cllr Tucker said that the complaint against him was unfairly drawn out for several months and that the panel’s response telling him that he had been cleared of wrongdoing still implied that he had done something wrong by asking him to attend the meeting.

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He has asked for an apology from the council.