Standards Board for England

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 21st October 2010.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 10:30 am, 21st October 2010

We have been in discussions with the Local Government Association and we will have a code of conduct, which seems to me to be a sensible way of doing that- [ Interruption. ] Mr Raynsford seems to think that the boards have achieved something, but their only achievement has been to be petty, silly and pointless.

The latest example of that concerns a Green party councillor, Jason Kitcat, who placed unofficial video footage of a council meeting on his website. He has been referred to the board for not showing his council respect. With the joyous news of the Lady Thatcher's improving health, perhaps I could say to Councillor Kitcat: "YouTube if you want to."

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