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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councillor breaches Members Code of Conduct

Published on Tuesday, 4th February 2020

On the 16th September 2019, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councillor Keith Kondakor was found to have breached the Members Code of Conduct by the Standards Local Hearing Panel.

By conducting himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as failing to treat others with respect and bringing the Council and his office into disrepute as result of his actions at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 30th January 2019, when in front of members of the public he raised his voice at the Mayor and demanded that he be allowed to speak and then later went on to publish a video of the incident on You Tube with the title “The Full Meeting/Farce”.

The above was found to constitute a breach of paragraphs 3(a) and 5 of the Members Code of Conduct. The reasons for the Standard Local Hearing Panel’s decision were:

The behaviour displayed at the meeting by Councillor Kondakor was not appropriate to his office and was unacceptable and disrespectful to the Mayor. The end did not justify the means. It is unacceptable to behave in the manner displayed by Councillor Kondakor at a public meeting and to subsequently post the video on social media referring to the incident as a “farce” creates a poor impression of the Council and its members and brings the Council, the Office of the Mayor and Councillor Kondakor into disrepute in breach of Para 5 of the Code of Conduct..

The Sanctions imposed by the Local Standards Hearing Panel included censoring Councillor Kondakor at the next available Full Council meeting, publishing its findings and reporting its findings for information.