Date Published: 17 July 2018
Statement from Council Leader Oliver Hemsley regarding comments made by recently elected Councillor Richard Alderman on Facebook:
Councillor Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council, comments:
“Rutland County Council was made aware of the posts made by newly elected Councillor Alderman on Monday 16th July.
We wholly condemn the use of racist and bigoted behaviour. This is not acceptable in our communities or our Council.
On appointment to his new role as a Councillor, Councillor Alderman was provided with the Council’s Code of Conduct. This details that no Councillor must do anything which may cause the Council to breach any of its obligations under the Equality Act 2010, bully any person, intimidate or attempt to intimidate any persons. It also outlines that Members must not conduct themselves in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing the office or Council into disrepute.
Councillor Alderman signed the Acceptance of Office on Friday 13th July, in which he agreed to abide by the Members’ Code of Conduct.
Having reviewed his comments, I believe that he is in breach of the Members’ Code of Conduct and I have referred this to the Council’s Monitoring Officer. We have also referred the matter to the Police.
We would, like to unreservedly assure the residents of Rutland, that the views expressed by Councillor Alderman are by no means representative of Rutland County Council and we are doing all we can to support the authorities in their investigations.”
Councillor Oxley, Leader of the Council’s Independent Group, comments:
“I am disgusted to read the newly elected Councillor’s comments on Facebook. He is not affiliated with the Council’s Independent Group. I wholly support the action being taken by Councillor Hemsley and Rutland County Council and trust the authorities to deal with this sufficiently.”
Read the Council's latest statement regarding Cllr Richard Alderman.