Town councillor facing punishment after breaching code of conduct

Dorset Echo: Town councillor facing punishment after breaching code of conduct Town councillor facing punishment after breaching code of conduct

A PORTLAND councillor is facing disciplinary action after being found guilty of abusive behaviour and ‘bringing the authority in to disrepute’.

Richard Denton-White also used bad language, was intimidating and showed a lack of respect and will face sanctions by the town council.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s monitoring officer Roger Greene carried out an investigation following complaints regarding cllr Denton-White’s behaviour during and after a council meeting in January, documents obtained by the Echo show. 

As reported in the Echo, cllr Denton-White admitted telling a resident to ‘**** off’ following the heated meeting about the council tax precept.

He has been found to have breached the Code of Conduct of Portland Town Council, a decision which was upheld by acting borough chief executive Jason Vaughan.

Cllr Denton-White refused to comment on the decision when contacted by the Echo today.

The town council will make its verdict over the action he faces at a publicly held meeting in July.

Cllr Denton-White told the Echo: “Come along and report on it then. I am not going to say anything at all about this now.”

He will still keep his place on the council despite the findings.

Town clerk Ian Looker said: “Some councillors act as representatives for the council on other bodies, so they could be suspended from performing that function.

“Or a councillor could be suspended on serving on council sub-committees.

“He will continue to serve on the full council.

“There was a time under the old regime where a councillor could be suspended or disqualified from serving as a councillor, but that is not possible now.”

Cllr Denton-White previously put his behaviour at the meeting down to the fact he is from Portsmouth and said he swore at the resident in frustration.

He said: “I was aggressive towards one person in the audience during the meeting, and when I said ‘shut up’ that was aimed at him. He was making physical threats and running his finger across his throat.

“I grew up in Portsmouth and it’s part of the subculture there that we do not take threats lightly.

“Someone else came up to me afterwards and challenged me over what happened and I told him to **** off.”

The town councillor said he had apologised to the Reverend Tim Gomm, who at the start of the meeting had asked all those attending to remember that they were in a church.

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2:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

About time Councillor Denton White was sacked, along with all the rest of this toytown parliament.
About time Councillor Denton White was sacked, along with all the rest of this toytown parliament. weymouthfox
  • Score: 33

6:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

bradley red 1 says...

These people on the council confirm just how out of touch portland is from the rest of the country!!
These people on the council confirm just how out of touch portland is from the rest of the country!! bradley red 1
  • Score: 9

9:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

banknote says...

It is important to state that Denton-White, with his numerous party labels, has never been elected into any position. He owes his "Councillor" tag, only because he was co-opted to Portland Town Council.

Perhaps it is time for him to seriously consider his position, after his use of foul language to an elector and in a church of all places?

It is also way over time to decide whether Portland Town Council is really necessary.
It is important to state that Denton-White, with his numerous party labels, has never been elected into any position. He owes his "Councillor" tag, only because he was co-opted to Portland Town Council. Perhaps it is time for him to seriously consider his position, after his use of foul language to an elector and in a church of all places? It is also way over time to decide whether Portland Town Council is really necessary. banknote
  • Score: 15

9:49pm Wed 4 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

"Toytown Parliament" Brilliant! LOL
"Toytown Parliament" Brilliant! LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: 5

1:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

islelander says...

He say's he does'nt stand any nonsense because he comes from Portsmouth, well I know people from Portsmouth and they are super people, I suggest it's nothing to do with where he comes from, it's just him, he's nothing more than an arrogant little ----.
He say's he does'nt stand any nonsense because he comes from Portsmouth, well I know people from Portsmouth and they are super people, I suggest it's nothing to do with where he comes from, it's just him, he's nothing more than an arrogant little ----. islelander
  • Score: 9

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