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Barking and Dagenham councillor is under investigation

PUBLISHED: 12:15 18 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:15 18 May 2015

Cllr James Ogungbose has been removed from the cabinet.

Cllr James Ogungbose has been removed from the cabinet.

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A councillor has been removed from the cabinet and is being investigated - but claims that he was “not aware” that any complaint had been made against him.

Cllr James Ogungbose, who was the cabinet member for central services and is councillor for the Becontree ward, is being investigated for allegedly breaching the Member Officer Protocol.

The Member Officer Protocol is designed to provide a guide to good working relations between members and officers and to provide principles regarding conduct.

The investigation follows a complaint by the council’s monitoring officer.

A council spokesperson said: “As the cabinet member for central services is responsible for ensuring the Member Officer Protocol is adhered to, it was felt untenable for him to remain in the position.”

Cllr Ogungbose has been replaced as cabinet member for central services by Cllr Sade Bright.

When contacted by the Post, Cllr Ogungbose said: “A few weeks ago I raised some serious concerns about malpractices in the council. I raised these with the chief executive and the council’s monitoring officer, as well as the National Labour Party.

“I am not aware that any complaint about me has been made to the Standards Board but it would appear that certain people want to investigate me because I have tried to do the right thing and raise my concerns in the correct way.”

A council spokesperson said: “The council’s monitoring officer has raised conduct issues with the party whip which are currently under investigation. Cllr Ogungbose is aware of those issues.’


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