Bingham councillor becomes human resources subcommittee chairman after being found to have harassed his town clerk
A councillor has become the new chairman of a human resources subcommittee despite advice to reflect on whether it was appropriate to even be a member.
John Stockwood was given the advice when he and current Bingham deputy mayor Francis Purdue-Horan were found to have harassed and created an oppressive work environment for former town clerk Sharon Pyke.
Mr Stockwood and Francis Purdue-Horan were recommended to apologise to Mrs Pyke in writing and reflect on the appropriateness of their membership of the HR committee on Bingham Town Council following an investigation by Rushcliffe into bullying allegations.
It was also suggested the town council arrange HR performance management for all members of the town council, whether they were involved or not.
An independent barrister found councillors John Stockwood and Francis Purdue-Horan had breached Bingham Town Council’s member code of conduct by failing to promote and maintain high standards of conduct in that each harassed and repeatedly behaved unfairly and oppressively towards the clerk.
The barrister added both councillors had the objective of removing Mrs Pyke from office and did so in a way which was inconsistent with the principles of open, accountable behaviour and of providing good leadership.
Both Mr Stockwood and Mr Purdue-Horan, who are also borough councillors, were suspended from the Conservative Party following the inquiry but can still attend meetings because they are still elected representatives.
A spokesman for Rushcliffe Borough Council said: “It is not appropriate that the borough council comment on the allocation of roles for committees established by Bingham Town Council as these are matters that are voted on by Bingham town councillors.”
Mr Stockwood has been approached for comment.