Refusal to act on social media abuse
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.