Councillor accused of ‘rude’ and ‘aggressive’ behaviour appeals to Labour Party

Cllr James Ogungbose

Cllr James Ogungbose - Credit: Archant

A councillor has appealed to the Labour Party after being found to have breached the code of conduct.

Cllr James Ogungbose was ruled to have acted contrary to the council’s ethical framework in his behaviour towards Cllr Irma Freeborn after an encounter between the two last year.

But Cllr Ogungbose said there is no “justifiable complaint” and that matters were not “handled fairly” following a meeting held at Barking Town Hall on Wednesday last week, where members agreed to note the findings from an investigation in February.

A council spokesman said the committee that investigated the case is composed of elected councillors. He added: “The council’s processes are set out in the council’s constitution.”

Cllr Freeborn, who had complained Cllr Ogungbose was “aggressive” and “rude” towards her, said immediately after Wednesday’s meeting that the matter was “dealt with” and that she was not prepared to discuss it any further.