Last June, Standards Working Group considered complaints from a female resident that councillor Wright had breached the code of conduct for councillors and members. She alleged that he used information to exaggerate his influence as a powerful decision maker to form an inappropriate personal relationship with her.
The Working Group heard from the complainant, the investigating officer, witnesses and the councillor and unanimously concluded that Councillor Wright had breached the code.
It found that councillor Wright failed to treat others with respect; compromised the impartiality of those working for the Council; used his position improperly to secure an advantage; breached the Protocols on Members’ Access to Information and on councillor/officer relations; and inappropriately involved himself in the day to day management of council services by:
- Making some inappropriate physical contact with the complainant
- Seeking a frequency of contact with her that was not justified in the circumstances
- Exceeding the normal professional boundaries of a councillor-resident relationship in the frequency and timing of his contact with her and the suggested locations of meetings
- Describing council officers as liars trying to whitewash events, and exceeding his role by attempting to secure the suspension or dismissal of an officer
- Attempting to secure privileged meetings between the complainant and senior officers
- Retaining confidential papers on his personal device when asked not to by the court
In view of the above breaches the Working Group unanimously recommended that Cllr Wright be censured and that this notice be read out at Council, and put on the council’s website and in a local newspaper.
There are demands for Cllr Wright to resign because of the seriousness of the matters – there could be a Pinner ward by-election soon!
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