Lord Mayor hearing held in private again

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CITY councillors have again voted to ban the public from a disciplinary meeting about Oxford’s Lord Mayor Alan Armitage.

The council’s standards committee is meeting at the Town Hall this morning to rule on whether or not Mr Armitage has broken the councillors’ code of conduct.

The Liberal Democrat councillor for North ward has been accused of making inappropriate comments to a teenage girl at an event in Iffley Road last June.

The Oxford Mail and the public were excluded from a previous standards committee hearing on the case last month on the basis that the schoolgirl and other witnesses could be identified, and that it was not in the public interest.

Following advice from Jeremy Thomas, the council’s head of law and governance, committee members agreed that today’s hearing should be held in private.

The committee took the decision to exclude press and public after Mr Thomas advised councillors that he wanted to protect the privacy of individuals giving evidence to today’s hearing.

He added that the public interest would be protected by the publication of a report at the end of the hearing which would be “appropriately redacted”.

The Oxford Mail was given the opportunity to argue that it should be allowed to attend the hearing as the matter was so serious the committee's deliberations should be made in public rather than in secret.

Six councillors voted that the hearing should be held in private and there was one abstention.

The hearing is continuing.

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6:07pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Lord Mayor censured over "sexy" comment made to schoolgirl.

What exactly does this mean (taken from the later story which we cannot comment on) ?
Lord Mayor censured over "sexy" comment made to schoolgirl. What exactly does this mean (taken from the later story which we cannot comment on) ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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9:39pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

After all the hype in the Oxford Mail, not exactly in the same league as the current debacle over a LibDem Peer's alleged wrong doings, nor some of the more recent 'outings' of high-ranking Roman Catholic clergy in the UK, US and elsewhere - where it wasn't apparently an inappropriate word to a minor at one function, but grossly inappropriate actions by these priests and bishops toward others, over many, many years.
After all the hype in the Oxford Mail, not exactly in the same league as the current debacle over a LibDem Peer's alleged wrong doings, nor some of the more recent 'outings' of high-ranking Roman Catholic clergy in the UK, US and elsewhere - where it wasn't apparently an inappropriate word to a minor at one function, but grossly inappropriate actions by these priests and bishops toward others, over many, many years. Myron Blatz
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9:58pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
After all the hype in the Oxford Mail, not exactly in the same league as the current debacle over a LibDem Peer's alleged wrong doings, nor some of the more recent 'outings' of high-ranking Roman Catholic clergy in the UK, US and elsewhere - where it wasn't apparently an inappropriate word to a minor at one function, but grossly inappropriate actions by these priests and bishops toward others, over many, many years.
You may think 'it's not in the same league' as other alleged sex offenders but if he was prepared to make comments like that to a young old girl in public what would he do in private ?

The man should be stripped of any public office without hesitation and a close eye kept on him.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: After all the hype in the Oxford Mail, not exactly in the same league as the current debacle over a LibDem Peer's alleged wrong doings, nor some of the more recent 'outings' of high-ranking Roman Catholic clergy in the UK, US and elsewhere - where it wasn't apparently an inappropriate word to a minor at one function, but grossly inappropriate actions by these priests and bishops toward others, over many, many years.[/p][/quote]You may think 'it's not in the same league' as other alleged sex offenders but if he was prepared to make comments like that to a young old girl in public what would he do in private ? The man should be stripped of any public office without hesitation and a close eye kept on him. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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