Freedom of Expression Rights for Councillors

In this video Owen Willcox chats to Tom Cross, from 11KBW, about the tension between a councillor's right to express their opinions freely, and their duties under council codes of conduct.

Topics covered in this 42-minute discussion:

  • Localism Act 2011
  • Statutory principles
  • Codes of conduct
  • Official capacity
  • Determining whether the code has been breached
  • Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Cases referenced:

  • R. (on the application of Calver) v Adjudication Panel for Wales [2012] EWHC 1172 (Admin)
  • R. (on the application of Mullaney) v Adjudication Panel for England [2009] EWHC 72 (Admin)
  • Heesom v Public Services Ombudsman for Wales [2014] EWHC 1504 (Admin)
  • Sanders v Kingston (No.1) [2005] EWHC 1145 (Admin)
  • R. (on the application of Dennehy) v Ealing LBC [2013] EWHC 4102 (Admin)

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Date:Published Friday 01 July 2016
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