Right-wing Labour council leader’s appeal attacking integrity of monitoring officer and bringing statements of support from various problematic right-wingers rejected
A bullying finding against Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan has been upheld after she appealed against it. Caliskan, a controversial figure close to ex-Labour MP Joan Ryan and previously accused of involvement in undemocratic candidate selections, did not turn up to for the hearing.
The council’s Chief Monitoring Officer gave evidence and again demanded that Caliskan retract her allegations against him of bias and political motivation.
The Conduct Committee found that the council had followed the law and correct procedure and upheld the decision of the independent lawyer-led investigation that Caliskan was guilty of bullying Cabinet colleague Yasemine Brett.
The committee decided on the following sanctions:
- that professional mediation must take place between Cllr Brett and Cllr Caliskan by end of October
- that Caliskan must issue a written apology for removing Cllr Brett from Cabinet, with the text approved by the Deputy Monitoring Officer
- that a statement must be issued by Caliskan to the November Full Council Meeting acknowledging that the decision to remove Cllr Brett was done with undue haste and in an inappropriate fashion that was contrary to the Code of Conduct
Failure to comply will result in the Conduct Committee placing an advert in a newspaper publishing their decision and the sanctions, and posting the same on the Council’s website.
Caliskan has also previously been found guilty of attempting to interfere in the council’s scrutiny process and has been criticised by fellow councillors for her behaviour toward council employees. Her part in the ‘irregular’ selection of councillors is being investigated by the Labour party.
Cllr Caliskan has previously said that she does not wish to be contacted for comment.
Nesil Caliskan’s position has long been untenable, yet she has attempted to divert blame onto those accusing her of wrongdoing and has even falsely claimed that Labour has acted to protect her when it intervened to prevent right-wing bullying and has ignored the party’s instructions as to her behaviour.
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