A meeting of the RCT Council Standards Committee was held at Clydach Vale on
Thursday, 12 January 2012.
It all appears to have passed very quietly and without comment which is odd considering that the subject of the meeting was a Labour Cabinet Member. Eudine Hanagan in fact the Cabinet member for Education.
The meeting was admittedly only the initial meeting on the subject – following a referral from the Public Services Ombudsman.
As the minutes state
“The Committee had to determine, either, that there was no evidence of any failure to comply with the Code of Conduct or that the County Borough Councillor concerned, should be given the opportunity to make representations either orally or in writing in respect of the findings of the investigation and any allegation that she had failed or may have failed to comply with the Member’s Code of Conduct.”
Now there are no details given of what offence Cllr Hanagan is alleged to have committed, but the fact that the Ombudsman has investigated and decided to refer it suggest that he at least is satisfied that there is cause for concern.
A further meeting will now be called where she will be invited to give evidence.
“Following consideration of the contents of Ombudsman’s report, it was RESOLVED that County Borough Councillor Eudine Hanagan as the person who is the subject of the investigation, should be given the opportunity to make representations either, orally or in writing, in respect of the findings of the investigation and any allegation that she has failed or may have failed to comply with the Code of Conduct.”
No date is given for that meeting but one would hope that the Monitoring Officer will see to it that is it convened with all due haste. After all there is an election coming up and the Standards Committee have the authority to suspend her for up to 6 months.
I wonder how her son, the Head of Public Relations and Strategy will spin that one.