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Council Refuses Dispensation for Cllr Richard Alderman

Date Published: 17 December 2018
Rutland County Council

Rutland County Council’s Full Council agreed not to grant a dispensation to allow Councillor Richard Alderman to remain a member of the Authority following non-attendance at Council meetings for a period of six months. 

Councillor Richard Alderman was elected on 12th July 2018 and signed his declaration of office on 13th July 2018. 

He was convicted of four offences under the Communications Act and sentenced to a six-month curfew between the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am in September, which bars the Councillor from being able to attend Full Council meetings as they commence at 7.00pm in the evening. He has also missed three previous Full Council meetings since his appointment in July 2018.

Following the decision to refuse the dispensation request, Councillor Alderman will cease to be a member of the Authority unless he is able to attend a meeting on or before 11th March 2019. 

“Tonight’s decision reflects Rutland County Councillors’ dedication to their positions. To hold a post as a Councillor it is essential that you can commit to attending meetings and support the residents who you have been elected to represent, appropriately. Mr Alderman’s conviction in September has meant that he is not able to honour those commitments to the people of Oakham South West or the wider Rutland community. I would like to reiterate that the behaviour displayed by Mr Alderman that led to his conviction has no place, either in this Council or in society and is utterly reprehensible.”
Kenneth Bool, Chairman of Rutland County Council

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