Bullying probe launched after complaint

A FORMAL complaint has been made against an elected politician in Ipswich's corridors of power, it emerged today.

Neil Puffett

A FORMAL complaint has been made against an elected politician in Ipswich's corridors of power, it emerged today.

Although it is unclear exactly what the nature of the complaint is, it is understood to relate to allegations of bullying at the council which surfaced last month.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said a complaint had been made by a councillor on the authority against a fellow member.

The complaint will be assessed by the authority's assessment sub committee some time this month to see if it is suitable to go before the council's standards board.

The spokesman said: “The council takes every allegation seriously.”

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Allegations of bullying emerged during a human resources meeting last month during which Labour group leader David Ellesmere said an executive councillor had received a warning about inappropriate behaviour.

He also accused the Tory administration of covering-up the matter.

The complaint also coincides with legal action being taken against town chiefs over claims a former head of human resources was forced to quit her job.

The case for constructive dismissal, being brought against Ipswich Borough Council by Julie Price, is set to be heard at Bury St Edmunds employment tribunal on Wednesday, July 16.

It is understood two councillors will be called as witnesses at the hearing.

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