Good question. I think Harvey vs LTC highlighted the need for change and clarity on what is and is not allowed as way of sanction relating to various matters.
Whilst the verdict was clear, the impact is still not.
My opinion on the model code of conduct is that it will provide that clarity on what sanctions can now be enforced and under what circumstances which will remove both the uncertainty and ignorance towards the current model.
However as a Solicitor and Cllr I don’t feel the consultation goes deep enough or explores sanctions wide enough.
For me the questions as follow remain:
• Who will impose such sanctions?
• Can the process be considered completely independent (I don’t believe a MO is).
• Should there be a removal of voting rights for a meeting or several meetings before suspension?
• How involved should the wider PC/TC be in relation to any breach?
I think NALC have possibly been too simplistic with their approach and not asked the right questions. It’s a very poor consultation document in my opinion.