Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Councillors warned: don’t risk reputation

COUNCILLORS across South Oxfordshire are to be warned not to misuse their titles as a result of the David Silvester affair.

It follows a six-month investigation carried out by South Oxfordshire District Council into the comments made by the Henley town councillor in a letter to the Henley Standard about the legalisation of gay marriage.

The investigation, which cost £1,350, found that the 74-year-old should not face disciplinary action because what he did was not covered by the councillors’ code of conduct.

But he has been advised not to use his honorific title in personal correspondence.

In a statement, the council said that its monitoring officer Margaret Reed had accepted the investigator’s view that Cllr Silvester was not acting in his official capacity when he wrote his letter, even though he signed it “Councillor David Silvester”.

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