Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock used political position for personal gain

Haringey Independent: Mayor Peacock was officially censured by the standards committee for breaching the members' code of conduct Mayor Peacock was officially censured by the standards committee for breaching the members' code of conduct

The Mayor of Haringey has been found guilty of attempting to use her position in the council for personal gain.

Councillor Sheila Peacock sent two letters by email on council-headed paper, from her council email address and signed with her mayoral title to deal with a personal matter that had no relation to her work at the authority.

A standards committee investigation concluded she had breached the members’ code of conduct by attempting to use her mayoral title as a position of influence.

The standards committee has not revealed details of the personal matter that the letters concerned.

The report, published late last night, stated that “in carrying out these actions, Councillor Peacock had attempted to secure an improper advantage for herself and she had brought her office as Mayor into disrepute”.

Cllr Peacock has been officially censured by the standards committee, which also recommended she be given further training on the use of council resources.

The committee also recommended that Labour group leader Councillor Claire Kober considers its findings if she is ever considering appointing Mayor Peacock to any committee or cabinet roles when she returns to her role as councillor.

Mayor Peacock has previously courted controversy, once stating that “the second riots we’ve just had was the best thing that’s happened in Tottenham for a while”, referring to the subsequent investment in the area.

Haringey Labour says it is preparing a statement on the committee’s findings.

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5:13pm Fri 2 May 14

squashace says...

Can Labour councillors sink any lower in Haringey?
I can understand if a bank bench, minor councillor makes a mistake but for a long time councillor and Mayor to do this!
Can Labour councillors sink any lower in Haringey? I can understand if a bank bench, minor councillor makes a mistake but for a long time councillor and Mayor to do this! squashace
  • Score: 7

6:47pm Sat 3 May 14

ZenithB says...

Why don't the political parties in Haringey come together to demand that the details of Mayor Peacock's breach of conduct be revealed to the public before May 22? Is this kind of action only reserved to bash UKIP?
Why don't the political parties in Haringey come together to demand that the details of Mayor Peacock's breach of conduct be revealed to the public before May 22? Is this kind of action only reserved to bash UKIP? ZenithB
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Mon 5 May 14

MunchieMoo says...

Once again the Mayor is sorry. How many more times? As a voter why have we not been given the whole story so we can make a choice. What's so special about Labour that they can keep us in the dark about things or is it so bad if it is revealed they know they will lose votes?
Once again the Mayor is sorry. How many more times? As a voter why have we not been given the whole story so we can make a choice. What's so special about Labour that they can keep us in the dark about things or is it so bad if it is revealed they know they will lose votes? MunchieMoo
  • Score: 3

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