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Code of Conduct complaint dismissed

Code of Conduct complaint dismissed

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Code of Conduct complaint dismissed

Another Code of Conduct complaint against Deputy Neil Inder has been dismissed.

The Vale Deputy had two separate complaints against him, both lodged by Deputy Dawn Tindall who was angry over comments he made regarding tourism - saying he had insulted civil service staff as well as her.

The complaints were both lodged in March, with Deputy Tindall initially complaining about comments Deputy Inder made during an interview with BBC Guernsey the month before, before later complaining about other comments he made through the media and on social media.

The first complaint was dealt with last month, with the Panel first finding that Deputy Tindall was wrong in her belief that Deputy Inder had aimed his comments at her. The Panel instead found that Deputy Inder’s comments were misconstrued by Deputy Tindall and said "we find in that respect that Deputy Inder had not breached the Code of Conduct for States’ Members."

He was found to have breached the Code of Conduct in relation to the second part of the complaint though, and the Panel agreed he had 'breached section 9 of the  Code by what he said in an interview concerning tourism in Guernsey', in which he referred to her as an empty chair and also discussed civil servants employed by Visit Guernsey, 

For that, Deputy Inder was caution and the matter was closed.

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Deputy Tindall's second complaint referred to comments Deputy Inder made in an interview with the BBC on 1 March and also on his Facebook page, which she said 'were a breach of sections 8 and 9 of theCode of Conduct for States’ Members which sets out the conduct expected of Members'.

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Panel put a group together to consider the matter and the evidence was looked at in detail during a meeting on Friday, 6 April.

Both Deputy Tindall and Deputy Inder were at the hearing to give their side of the story, with the Panel finding that Deputy Inder had not done anything wrong.

The Panel found that the evidence provided by Deputy Tindall did not support her allegation that Deputy Inder had breached sections 8 and 9 of the Code of Conduct.

The Panel found Deputy Inder has not breached the Code of Conduct for States’ Members and dismissed the complaint, saying the matter is now closed.

Pictured top: Deputy Tindall and Deputy Inder. 

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