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Ex-Labour leader cleared of code breach

PUBLISHED: 10:37 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 05 July 2010

A former leader of the opposition Labour group at Waveney District Council has been cleared of bringing the authority into disrepute.

Sally Spore was referred by council bosses to the Standards Board for England after she accused officers of providing "misleading" information when she spoke at a council meeting.

A former leader of the opposition Labour group at Waveney District Council has been cleared of bringing the authority into disrepute.

Sally Spore was referred by council bosses to the Standards Board for England after she accused officers of providing “misleading” information when she spoke at a council meeting.

She said she did not believe it had been the first time she had been misled, but the board recognised she had not named specific officers and cleared her of breaching the code of conduct.

It did, however, rule that Mrs Spore failed to comply with the section of the code stating that members “must treat others with respect”, but did not recommend any action against her.

The ruling on Mrs Spore's case was contained in the agenda for last night's full council meeting.

Mrs Spore said the fact her case had been placed on a public agenda seven months after she stood down from the council was an effort to portray her in “a less than positive light”.

She added: “However, I do hope all current and future elected members on Waveney District Council, or its successor authority, will always air their concerns publicly where they believe it is right to do so and will never compromises themselves to not do what is right for their electorate by threats of being referred to the Standards Board for England.”

A spokesman for Waveney District Council declined to comment.

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