The Nolan Principles

Selflessness – Integrity – Objectivity – Accountability – Openness – Honesty – Leadership

“Parish councils, we all know, are hotbeds of intrigue, corruption and passion. Those who sit on them, a colourful mixture of oddballs, bullies and idiots.”

It would be unfair to characterise all those who give up their free time to serve on a Parish or Town council as ‘corrupt, bullies or idiots’. Over the years councillors have made a significant contribution to their parish, as a result of a great deal of hard work and dedication and they deserve the thanks and admiration of their parish. Given that there over 10,000 councils and around 80,000 councillors, there will always be some who work to a different agenda than that of their colleagues. It is these councillors who have allowed the name ‘parish council’ and in particular ‘parish councillor’ to be held in such low esteem by the public. But what is important is that many councils and councillors fail to uphold the very principles they agreed to uphold – The Nolan Principles.

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Review of Local Government Ethical Standards: Stakeholder Consultation

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is undertaking a review of local government ethical standards. The Committee welcomes submissions from members of the public.

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Yes, I know we’ve heard it all before, but … “I find it appalling that our elected officials are prepared to commit acts of abuse and then happily lie to cover their tracks, I find it equally disturbing that other councillors are happy to support them by refusing to give an account of the incident.… Read More

Now some may say it’s a rather quirky title to give a blog page, but it comes from an interesting comment Bob Tulloch made in the Royston Crow on Friday 27th October 2017. Reacting to the publication of the report, Mr Tulloch told the Crow: “The report was fundamentally flawed. Publication was rejected by the… Read More

See below for The Grievance Report A brief synopsis! This website began as a way to speak out against the deplorable acts committed by a serving member of Melbourn Parish Council, against staff whom he bullied, intimidated and threatened. Melbourn Parish Council agreed to have these accusations investigated with the help and support of Cambridgeshire… Read More