Venue: Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD. View directions
Contact: Philippa Green 020 7527 3184
Note: This meeting was adjourned at 22:30 hours and will be reconvened
Appointment of Chair
The interim Monitoring Officer
requested that the committee members nominate a chair.
That Cllr Khurana be appointed as Chair for the duration of this meeting was agreed.
Apologies for absence
Councillor Khurana noted that Councillor Hyde, the appointed Chair of the committee, had recused herself from the committee for the duration of this meeting and that there were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of Interest
Exclusion of the Press and Public
Councillor Khurana moved a motion to exclude the press and public from the remainder of the proceedings in accordance with paragraph 88 of the Access to Information rules in Part 4 of the Constitution and Paragraph 1 of Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1972.
Councillor Khurana asked if the
member who is the subject of the complaint had any views and it was
confirmed that the member’s view was that the remainder of
the meeting should be exempt.
The Investigating Officer, supporte by the Interim Monitoring Officer, stated that the subject of the meeting clearly relates to an individual and in considering if an exemption under paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, should be applied, Article 8 of the Convention on Human Rights (right to privacy) is engaged, among other Convention rights. No finding of misconduct has yet been made, and disclosure of the councillor’s identity and the allegations against them could damage their reputation, even if they are not upheld by the committee. On balance, and considering that the findings of the committee will be made public ifthe allegations are substantiated, the Investigating Officer recommended that the remainder of the meeting be held in private.
Councillor Khurana moved the
motion to a vote.
That the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the proceedings in accordance with paragraph 88 of the Access to Information rules in Part 4 of the Constitution and Paragraph 1 of Section 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 was agreed.
Confidential Complaint Hearing
The Committee meeting entered
exempt session with the following attendees present:
Councillor Satnam Gill, Committee Member
Councillor Jason Jackson, Committee Member
Marie Rosenthal, interim Monitoring Officer
Sonal Mistry, Investigation Officer
Luke Rigg, Independent Person
Subject Member’s Solicitor
Philippa Green, Committee Clerk