In May of this year we publicised the following petition which calls for legislation to allow Councillors to be disqualified or suspended for poor conduct.
To date this has had just over 10,000 signatures, some way short of the 100,000 required. We would ask you to sign this if you have not done so already and to circulate it as widely as possible, to friends and family and any others, to ensure this reaches the required level. Please impress upon them the importance of doing this.
The closing date is 25th November so there is not much time left.
The petition is here and reads as follows:
Legislate to enable Councillors to be disqualified or suspended for poor conduct
The Government should amend legislation to enable Councillors to be disqualified or suspended for breaching relevant Codes of Conduct. Some Councillors behave unacceptably, yet currently sanctions do not enable Councillors to be disqualified or suspended for breaches of a Code of Conduct.
Most Councillors maintain high standards of conduct, but a significant minority engage in unacceptable behaviour, such as harassment & bullying incl. racist, sexist, ableist abuse.
This activity would be grounds for dismissal in an employment setting, and equivalent sanctions should exist for Councillors.