Friday, 22 June 2012

One rule for them …

There was a time when people thought that the Labour Party were the party of the working man. But no more. They are just as much a part of the ‘old boys club’ as the Tories.

Imagine the scene. You’ve parked your car in Leicester city centre on double yellow lines and have received a parking ticket. What happens next?

For most of us we have to pay a fine but if you are Leicester City Labour Councillor Robert Wann, who represents Thurncourt Ward, you don’t have to pay a penny.


The former Lord Mayor of Leicester, who held the role from May 2011 to May 2012, had four parking tickets issued to him between 2007 and 2011 and all were written off by senior parking officers. He was also given two parking exemption permits to which he was not entitled.

The City Council’s Standards Committee has found Mr Wann guilty of breaching the council's code of conduct and the committee's chairman said he would have considered suspending Mr Wann if it was within his powers to do so.

The committee concluded Mr Wann "compromised the impartiality of those that work for the council". It found him guilty of "using his position to improperly secure himself an advantage" by applying for exemption permits he was not entitled to.

Committee chairman Jonathan Goolden said: "Had suspension been available as a sanction, the committee would have given active consideration to that, but having regard to the range of sanctions available and that Councillor Wann's actions were assisted by senior officers of the council, the committee has decided to censure the councillor."

Mr Wann said he would be appealing against the verdict.

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