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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 January, 2005, 12:52 GMT
'Drunk' former councillor banned
Mr Buckle
The former councillor was said to be "persistently drunk"
A former councillor has been banned from local government for being drunk and abusive to council staff.

Bernard Buckle, who resigned from the Isle of Wight Council in September, has been disqualified from serving on any council for two years.

An independent tribunal ruled that Mr Buckle had been drunk at a public meeting in February 2003 and at the council offices in March 2003.

Mr Buckle, former councillor for Cowes central, was unavailable for comment.

This disqualification sends a very clear message that there are high standards expected of elected representatives
Mike Fisher, chief executive of the Isle of Wight Council
Mike Fisher, chief executive of the Isle of Wight Council, said: "I am disappointed that this case was necessary, and that it has taken so long to reach a conclusion.

"Misconduct by elected officials is fortunately very rare.

"When it does happen, it undermines public confidence and damages the reputation of those who serve on local councils and on other public bodies.

"This disqualification sends a very clear message that there are high standards expected of elected representatives, and that where these are breached there are serious consequences."

The ruling was made by the Adjudication Panel for England, to which the case was referred by the national Standards Board for an independent decision.

It said that Mr Buckle had been "persistently drunk, abusive, aggressive and disrespectful to local authority officers and staff, fellow councillors and public servants".

Mr Buckle has the right to appeal the decision at the High Court.


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