Bullying row continues
Calls for senior Tories to condemn Northumberland Tory bullying
As the row over the failure of Northumberland Tories to tackle or even acknowledge a damning report issued by Northumberland County Council Standards Board which found a senior Northumberland Tory guilty of bullying a female colleague and bringing his office into disrepute continues, Northumberland Labour group have called for senior Tories in the county to ‘make their position clear’.
It has emerged that Northumberland Tories including Guy Opperman and Berwick PCC Anne Marie Trevelyan, along with the Tory group on the council have failed to condemn the bullying behaviour of Councillor Ian Hutchinson of Haltwhistle.
Labour are now calling for senior Tories including Northumbria Police candidate Phil Butler to condemn Councillor Hutchinson’s actions and to set out clearly that they will follow a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of bullying. Labour claims this matter is bringing ‘politics into disrepute in the county’.
Labour group leader on Northumberland County Council Grant Davey said
‘Senior Tories in the North East are failing ‘the leadership test’. It’s time they condemned the actions and behaviour of their Councillor Ian Hutchinson instead of brushing it under the carpet. Bullying shouldn’t be tolerated and their failure to lead on this issue raises serious questions over their attitudes to bullying in general. They must make their position clear. Guy Opperman, Peter Jackson, Phil Butler and Anne Marie Trevelyan have never been this silent before and we say they must back a ‘zero tolerance’ bullying policy. It’s just simply not good enough to say this was a ‘disagreement between two members’ when the report says it was a serious case of bullying. Senior Tories simply have to condemn these actions by Councillor Hutchinson’.