A FURTHER twist has occurred in the saga of disgraced Conservative Councillor Ian Oakley after steps were taken to report him for bringing the council into disrepute.
Hillingdon Council Leader Ray Puddifoot yesterday (Tuesday) gave instructions for Mr Oakley, who represents Northwood, to be reported to the CouncilÕs Standards Committee.
It comes in light of Mr Oakley pleading guilty to charges relating to a hate campaign carried out against Liberal Democrats in Watford where he was preparing to stand in the next General Election.
The 31-year-old, from Ryeland Close, West Drayton, stepped down from the Conservative group following his arrest last month but has continued to represent his ward as an independent.
He is due to return to St Albans Magistrates' Court on September 16 where his psychiatric state will be assessed before his punishment is decided. A prison sentence of three months or more would force his total resignation from the council.
However, in case such a result does not emerge Mr Puddifoot has chosen to start the ball rolling on disciplinary procedures which could result in Mr Oakley being suspended for five years.
He said: "We have given Councillor Oakley 10 working days to resign and he has chosen not to do so. Whilst there is absolutely no doubt that disqualification following a prison sentence of three months or more (suspended or not) remains the quickest course of action, just in case this does not happen we have commenced formal proceedings now."
Mr Puddifoot has also dismissed calls from rival councillors for the Council to call an Extraordinary Meeting to prevent Mr Oakley from drawing his allowance (as chairman of a policy committee) for a further three weeks until the next scheduled meeting on September 11.
Calling it neither sensible nor practical he said simply: "This is about getting the job done, not putting on a show."