Councillor suspended after swearing at public meeting

SWORE AT VOTER: Richard Denton-White

SWORE AT VOTER: Richard Denton-White

First published in News

COUNCILLOR Richard Denton-White has been suspended from being a member of any committee on Portland Town Council for six months.

The suspension follows an incident at a meeting in January, in which Cllr Denton-White swore at a member of the public, breaching the council’s code of conduct.

A spokesman said: “It was decided at the full council meeting that Councillor Denton-White will hereby be suspended from sitting on any committee or sub-committee, and from representing the council on any outside bodies, for six months.”

In response to the suspension, which sees him removed from his position on the Finance and Resources committee, Cllr Denton-White said: “I accept my suspension. I would now like to draw a line under this and get on with my life.”

The meeting in January was called to address the council’s proposed council tax precept.

Residents were angry about the decision to increase the island’s precept by 1000 percent for Band D properties.

Despite his suspension, he plans to continue in his role of councillor until his full term is completed next May.

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11:15am Wed 2 Jul 14

Newground says...

Odd looking person.
Odd looking person. Newground
  • Score: 19

11:28am Wed 2 Jul 14

Preston North End says...

The wheels of justice work slowly and everything, but how did it take six months to come to this decision?
The wheels of justice work slowly and everything, but how did it take six months to come to this decision? Preston North End
  • Score: 15

12:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

his face makes me want to swear
his face makes me want to swear elloello1980
  • Score: 6

1:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

cosmick says...

I think he should just go. He is not wanted.
I think he should just go. He is not wanted. cosmick
  • Score: 16

1:57pm Wed 2 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Newground wrote:
Odd looking person.
He's got a face like a smacked arse..............
[quote][p][bold]Newground[/bold] wrote: Odd looking person.[/p][/quote]He's got a face like a smacked arse.............. burgerboy
  • Score: 9

2:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

JACKC says...

if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me.
if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me. JACKC
  • Score: 12

2:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Foursite says...

Has he got his dads suit on with that Tory tie?
Has he got his dads suit on with that Tory tie? Foursite
  • Score: 5

3:18pm Wed 2 Jul 14

common cence says...

JACKC wrote:
if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me.
No one voted for him he was co,opted
[quote][p][bold]JACKC[/bold] wrote: if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me.[/p][/quote]No one voted for him he was co,opted common cence
  • Score: 7

3:26pm Wed 2 Jul 14

WykeReg says...

I do hope the judgment against Denton-White (is that a toothpaste?) doesn't affect his human rights. I'd hate to see this being referred to Europe on appeal.
I do hope the judgment against Denton-White (is that a toothpaste?) doesn't affect his human rights. I'd hate to see this being referred to Europe on appeal. WykeReg
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

1Kimberlin says...

I was at this public meeting and imho it was conducted wrong, with Denton-White present, & with a very vocal Tim Munro pulling the strings( seems he cannot forget he ain't Mayor) It was a shambles with Dento-White as per the norm mouthing off at the Public.
here in full is his statement on his future as a Cllr. Quote I'm certainly not resigning. I intend to serve my full term until next May's elections. I am proud of my energetic contributions to the work of Portland Town Council,including the Town Crier(who no one has seen or heard from) and helping to establishing a Portland Caretaker ( far from established now defunct). In the future,I'm confident of making a very good job of chairing the new Finance & Resources Committee. I give my word that I've learnt to control my responses to direct & indirect provocation,whilst going about the work of this Council
Councillor Richard Denton-White 24 June 2014 Unquote

This is a blatant LIE Sir here if it works is a recording of the whole meeting .

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I hope it works if not you can listen to it on the Voice of Portland Facebook Page. You continued to shout & rant at people.,this culminated with every member of the Public walking out of the meeting, when you allegedly called a person present either an 'a**h*le' or a B*st*rd. Then you continued your rant outside the Church Hall in the presence of two ladies where by again you continued to use the Term' You Portlanders', and 'You Pompous Portlander's.
Well Richard there is one thing that will happen and of this I and a lot of the Residents of the Isle are sure of , you've got 10 months and as sure as England are out of the World Cup & Murray is out of Wimbledon you will be OUT of OFFICE bet on it
I was at this public meeting and imho it was conducted wrong, with Denton-White present, & with a very vocal Tim Munro pulling the strings( seems he cannot forget he ain't Mayor) It was a shambles with Dento-White as per the norm mouthing off at the Public. here in full is his statement on his future as a Cllr. Quote I'm certainly not resigning. I intend to serve my full term until next May's elections. I am proud of my energetic contributions to the work of Portland Town Council,including the Town Crier(who no one has seen or heard from) and helping to establishing a Portland Caretaker ( far from established now defunct). In the future,I'm confident of making a very good job of chairing the new Finance & Resources Committee. I give my word that I've learnt to control my responses to direct & indirect provocation,whilst going about the work of this Council Councillor Richard Denton-White 24 June 2014 Unquote This is a blatant LIE Sir here if it works is a recording of the whole meeting . https://www.dropbox. com/s/3b51q9gt0x2jud 1/Rdw.MP3?fb=1&fb_ac tion_ids=14293123006 87103&fb_action_type s=dropboxdropbox%3Aa dd I hope it works if not you can listen to it on the Voice of Portland Facebook Page. You continued to shout & rant at people.,this culminated with every member of the Public walking out of the meeting, when you allegedly called a person present either an 'a**h*le' or a B*st*rd. Then you continued your rant outside the Church Hall in the presence of two ladies where by again you continued to use the Term' You Portlanders', and 'You Pompous Portlander's. Well Richard there is one thing that will happen and of this I and a lot of the Residents of the Isle are sure of , you've got 10 months and as sure as England are out of the World Cup & Murray is out of Wimbledon you will be OUT of OFFICE bet on it 1Kimberlin
  • Score: 20

4:38pm Wed 2 Jul 14

weymouthfox says...

About time Coun Denton White all all of this Toytown Parliament were suspended and consigned to the wase tip.
About time Coun Denton White all all of this Toytown Parliament were suspended and consigned to the wase tip. weymouthfox
  • Score: 10

5:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

trymybest says...

Are the above quotes from Portlanders????. they would make anyone swear, the poor remarks above show one is as bad as the other.
Are the above quotes from Portlanders????. they would make anyone swear, the poor remarks above show one is as bad as the other. trymybest
  • Score: -16

7:55am Thu 3 Jul 14

southwellman says...

How can he continue his role as a councillor if he has been suspended.. Surely he should be removed until the suspension has ended.. and a re- election should be called.. the same with the Monroe party
How can he continue his role as a councillor if he has been suspended.. Surely he should be removed until the suspension has ended.. and a re- election should be called.. the same with the Monroe party southwellman
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Bob Goulding says...

common cence wrote:
JACKC wrote:
if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me.
No one voted for him he was co,opted
No, it's worse than that. He was actually rejected at the previous election, receiving the least votes. He was only co-opted when a seat subsequently became available. Incidentally, Tim Munro only received a couple of votes more than Denton-White. Two of a kind?
[quote][p][bold]common cence[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JACKC[/bold] wrote: if his recent article in the Echo letters page re people not voting is anything to go by.... his obnoxious, arrogant attitude is clear for all to see. How anyone would want to vote for such an opinionated, rude man is beyond me.[/p][/quote]No one voted for him he was co,opted[/p][/quote]No, it's worse than that. He was actually rejected at the previous election, receiving the least votes. He was only co-opted when a seat subsequently became available. Incidentally, Tim Munro only received a couple of votes more than Denton-White. Two of a kind? Bob Goulding
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Thu 3 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

trymybest wrote:
Are the above quotes from Portlanders????. they would make anyone swear, the poor remarks above show one is as bad as the other.
trying to be a hero? lol
[quote][p][bold]trymybest[/bold] wrote: Are the above quotes from Portlanders????. they would make anyone swear, the poor remarks above show one is as bad as the other.[/p][/quote]trying to be a hero? lol elloello1980
  • Score: 3

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