Cllr Muhammed Butt (Photo: London Councils)
I thought the Brent electorate would like to know (be entitled to know?) the outcome of the recent complaints about Brent Council leader's conduct. I requested a copy of the report on the investigation by Brent Monitoring Officer, Debra Norman. The investigation would have sought to establish if the behaviour cited infringed the Members Code of Conduct.
My request received this terse response:
Decisions notices relating to complaints under the Brent Members Code of Conduct are only published by the council where a serious complaint has been upheld and the sanction of public censure has been imposed. That is not the case in respect of the complaints to which I believe you are referring. I am therefore not able to provide you with a copy of the decision notice.
This suggest the complaints were not upheld but we, the electorate, cannot see the evidence that was presented and the response of Cllr Butt himself.
Clearly we are not thought capable of reaching our own conclusions based on the evidence that Debra Norman collected.
Without seeing the Decision Notice I cannot be certain of the basis of the complaints but I assume they were connected with the articles posted on this blog: