The verdict is finally out on Conservative Party Councillor Bertha Joseph. In October 2009, she was handed a 6 month suspension for being guilty of three charges of breaking the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The former Mayor of Brent was to be suspended from the council for six months after she used £900 in cash donations to buy two ball gowns but appealed against the decision meaning the suspension was not carried out.
The charges were:
- Failure to register gifts within 28 days;
- Bringing the Mayoralty and Brent Council into disrepute;
- Misuse of money received for personal gain.
She has failed in her appeal and the six month suspension has now been reimposed. Councillor James Powney has blogged on the verdict LINK