Councillor Shelina Akhtar (ex-labour)
Ex-Labour Councillor Shelina Akhtar (Tower hamlets) has been sacked* after being jailed for 16 weeks for benefit fraud, last month she admitted three counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances with regards to housing benefits for a rented property, the house she claimed benefits on was a rented property in her name.
Milan Radulovic (Labour leader of Broxtowe Borough Council)
Milan Radulovic, Labour leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, is accused of receiving an overpayment in his incapacity benefit of £45,511.
This relates to allowances he is said to have claimed as a councillor, but did not declare as earnings, The council is run by a coalition of Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors.
His case will be heard at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on March 16.
Mr Radulovic has served as leader of the council since the election in May 2011 and has served as a councillor in Eastwood since 1986
Torbay Vice-Chairman Terry Manning (Tory)
Torbay Council vice-chairman Terry Manning has been suspended for abusing his position as councillor.
A council standards hearing heard how he threatened to make trouble for a car recovery firm in a row over the release of his daughter-in-law’s car.
A hearing sub-committee of the standards board of the council unanimously agreed Cllr Manning, a Tory Brixham councillor, had twice breached the code of conduct of councillors.
It found Cllr Manning had tried to use his position to secure the release of a car belonging to his daughter-in-law after it had been impounded by police and also made threats to make trouble for the business.
Liberal Democrat Deputy mayor of Lambeth Judith Best
Councillor Judith Best and her son have been arrested after an early morning attack that left a man with a broken jaw, broken ribs and requiring 27 stitches, the victim was 41-year-old Neil Potter, of Fullsbrook Road, Streatham, was assaulted in Madeira Road.
Councillor Best’s son, Scott Richards, was also arrested after a police chase and remains in custody charged with grievous bodily harm.
Denis Bennett (Liberal Democrat)
Denis Bennett, 50, a married father of two who had served on St Austell Town Council, convicted of stood in the dock at Truro Crown Court to hear the verdict. The jury took an hour and fifteen minutes to find the supermarket worker guilty of one count of indecently assaulting the 18-year-old man.
Bennett had denied the allegation at Truro Crown Court, insisting he had merely been fooling around with the teenager, admitting only that he might have gone “over the top a bit”.
Ex-Liberal Democrat councillor Nathan Bale
Nathan Bale has appeared in court to admit a string of child porn crimes.
Nathan Brett Bale, 31, resigned from Cornwall Council about three months ago citing ill health reasons.
Married Bale, of Penfound Gardens, Bude, attended Bodmin Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to ten counts of making indecent photographs of children.
The charges he admits relate to between April 2003 to June 2011 and range from level one to level four on a scale of severity – level five is the most serious. Following the brief hearing, Bale was released on unconditional bail to return to Bodmin Magistrates on December 7.
Bale had served as shadow spokesman for adult care for the Liberal Democrat group on the council.
Until recently, he held the Bude North and Stratton seat for the Liberal Democrats for three years.
Labour Councillor David Pearsons (Leicestershire County Council leader)
David Parsons has been accused of not promptly repaying money that he owed for trips to Europe, A county council report found debts were built up in 2007 but Mr Parsons has denied any wrongdoing.
A cross-party committee of councillors at the county council met on Monday to discuss a report into the allegations against Mr Parsons.
In addition to not promptly repaying travel expenses, the report raised concerns Mr Parsons frustrated the investigation by not giving permission for the inquiry to see details of the travel costs he claimed.
David Parsons (Leicestershire County Council leader) at one stage, owed debts of £5,400 built up and in one year, no repayments were made.
Labour Councillor for Greater Pollok ward was suspended from the party pending investigation in March last year after allegedly asking during a council hearing if the child had “wanted it to happen”.
The remark is said to have been made while Councillor O’Rourke was chairing a disciplinary panel hearing into the case of a care worker who was sacked after being accused of raping the girl – a claim denied by the accused.
Liberal Democrat councillor Chris Brown, who represents Portchester East, has not attended a meeting since August 5. In that time he has received £3,230 which councillors are paid through their members’ allowances.
Yesterday the council confirmed that Cllr Brown, who had been a ward councillor since May 2010, had handed in a letter of resignation. A by-election will now take place.