Re­fusal to act on so­cial me­dia abuse

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

Con­tin­ued from Page 1. a mem­ber of the city’s tree cam­paign groups who have been fight­ing against coun­cil felling plans, has com­plained about the rul­ing to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and So­cial Care Om­buds­man.

She has pointed out that Sh­effield Coun­cil’s code of con­duct states that coun­cil­lors must act with in­tegrity and hon­esty and have a gen­eral obli­ga­tion to “treat oth­ers with re­spect”. She said: “By say­ing this is­sue falls out­side their re­mit, it seems to make a mock­ery of the code of con­duct.

“It gives carte blanche for coun­cil­lors to do this and not be held to ac­count.”

The @johnb­walk­ley ac­count, which was deleted last week, had sent tweets to the Lord Mayor call­ing him “a dis­grace” and “an idiot”.

Tweets posted on the ac­count ac­cused tree pro­test­ers of racially abus­ing an Amey worker and re­ferred to the cam­paign­ers as “tree hug­ger thugs”.

A state­ment from Sh­effield Coun­cil mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer Gil­lian Duck­worth sent to The York­shire Post said the com­plaint was dealt with in ac­cor­dance with the pro­cesses set out in the au­thor­ity’s con­sti­tu­tion.

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