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Barking and Dagenham councillor breached code of conduct with 'rude' behaviour

PUBLISHED: 18:30 14 July 2016

Cllr James Ogungbose

Cllr James Ogungbose

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A councillor has been found to have breached the code of conduct after a fellow councillor complained he was "aggressive" and "rude" towards her.

Councillors last night agreed that Cllr James Ogungbose, who represents Becontree ward, behaved contrary to the council’s ethical framework in his behaviour towards Cllr Irma Freeborn.

The Goresbrook ward representative had alleged that Cllr Ogungbose had been rude to her in the members’ room in Barking Town Hall on July 1 last year.

On February 25 of this year the standards sub-committee determined that Cllr Ogungbose breached the councillors’ code of conduct.

The paragraph he breached states that members should “value and respect colleagues, staff partners and public, engaging with them in an appropriate manner that underpins the mutual respect between us [...] and not to act in a manner that could be deemed as bullying, harassment and intimidation”.

At Barking Town Hall last night the council agreed to note the decision made in February, including that Cllr Ogongbose “could benefit from training to deal appropriately with colleagues”.

After the meeting, Cllr Freeborn said the matter was “dealt with” and that she was not prepared to discuss it any further.

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