'The public have a right to know' - Labour remains tight-lipped over Haringey Mayor Sheila Peacock's abuse of position

Mayor Sheila Peacock was found to have abused her position for personal advantage

Mayor Sheila Peacock was found to have abused her position for personal advantage

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Labour are remaining tight-lipped over the specific reasons for the Mayor of Haringey’s disciplinary hearing last week.

Mayor Sheila Peacock was found guilty of abusing her position for personal gain by sending emails regarding personal matters using her mayoral title.

She was officially censured by an independent standards committee, which found she had brought the office of the mayor into disrepute.

But the Labour group has since refused to divulge details of what the emails concerned, whilst Haringey Council insists it is unable to make public any more information on the private hearing.

The Haringey Independent last week submitted a Freedom of Information request asking for details of the standards breach by Mayor Peacock, who has since issued an apology.

Liberal Democrat group leader Richard Wilson, who last week called on the mayor to resign, says the public deserve to know what she did.

He said: “It is not clear what has happened and the public have a right to know what their elected representatives are up to and why she has been censured.

“There should be more clarity – it doesn’t look good on the council in terms of openness and honesty.

“I think it reflects badly on the judgement of the Labour leader Claire Kober, who put Cllr Peacock forward and gave her a glowing review in a speech in front of the full council.

“She already had a reputation for not behaving correctly in her role or conducting herself in the best manner.”

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10:31pm Thu 8 May 14

MunchieMoo says...

Why doesn't the mayor have the guts to tell her voters what she has done. We should be told so we can make a decision weather we want her for another year. I think she has done it one too many times now. Each time she says sorry but continues to make mistakes. Its a joke!!! Labour is a joke !!!
Why doesn't the mayor have the guts to tell her voters what she has done. We should be told so we can make a decision weather we want her for another year. I think she has done it one too many times now. Each time she says sorry but continues to make mistakes. Its a joke!!! Labour is a joke !!! MunchieMoo
  • Score: 4

10:37am Fri 9 May 14

ZenithB says...

Labour has gone beyond a joke, to be sure, sir.
Labour has gone beyond a joke, to be sure, sir. ZenithB
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Sat 10 May 14

Brassens says...

Resigning would require the mayor to have a sense of honour and integrity: obviously both lacking. Resigning would mean giving up the income, the prestige, the kudos and the agreeable lifestyle. It was only over the tragic death of a child on Labour's watch that the last resignation occurred and that didn't come instantly. This Labour administration believes it can act with impunity in the borough and shouldn't be accountable to the people who pay its wages.
Resigning would require the mayor to have a sense of honour and integrity: obviously both lacking. Resigning would mean giving up the income, the prestige, the kudos and the agreeable lifestyle. It was only over the tragic death of a child on Labour's watch that the last resignation occurred and that didn't come instantly. This Labour administration believes it can act with impunity in the borough and shouldn't be accountable to the people who pay its wages. Brassens
  • Score: 3

8:45am Mon 12 May 14

ZenithB says...

And yet, Brassens, they believe the real danger lies with UKIP. How preposterous!
And yet, Brassens, they believe the real danger lies with UKIP. How preposterous! ZenithB
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