If a councillor declares an interest must they leave the meeting whilst item discussed?

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It depends on what type of interest and what is stated in the standing orders for the council.  If it is a pecuniary interest (financial interest) then they should declare and leave the room to demonstrate to the public that they are acting appropriately.  If it is because it is related to a neighbour, and it is a 'social' interest, there would not be a need to leave the room and they could, if granted a dispensation, speak to the issue.
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