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Concluded Investigations Referred from CES

Detailed below is a list of cases referred to the Standards Commission for Scotland (Standards Commission) by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland (CES).  Cases are only referred to the Standards Commission when the CES has concluded, following the completion of his investigation into an allegation of misconduct, that a councillor or member of a devolved public body has contravened the relevant Councillors' or Members' Code of Conduct.

In those circumstances, the CES will submit a report to the Standards Commission for Scotland under section 14 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 ("the Ethical Standards Act").  Once this report is received, the Standards Commission may:

  • direct the CES to carry out further investigations
  • hold a Hearing, or
  • take no action

The table contains information relating to the alleged contravention, actions taken by the Standards Commission on receipt of the report from the CES, and details of any Hearing that may be scheduled in relation to the case.

This page will be updated with information on the outcome of any Hearing once the parties to the Hearing have been notified of the outcome in writing. Details of the Standards Commission's Hearing Rules, including the timescale for providing a written decision to the parties to a Hearing, can be viewed by clicking on the link in left menu called “Hearing Rules.”

To read the full Written Decision of a Hearing which has already taken place, please click on the individual Case Reference for the case in the table below or use the advanced search in the menu to the left.

Where a case is yet to be heard, an indication of the breach or relevant section of the Code is provided under the link entitled "Details of Alleged Breach" for each case.

Please note that as of 26 January 2015, if a complainant is not a councillor, member of a devolved public body or MSP, the Standards Commission will redact their name from the published decision.  Details of individual cases will be removed and, thereafter, deleted in line with the Standards Commission’s information retention policy.

Date Received Case Reference Respondent(s) Organisation Name Code Section Para(s) Commission Action Hearing Date & Time Hearing Venue Panel Decision Sanction Applied
12/01/2015
Details of Alleged Breach
Cllr Andy Doig Renfrewshire Council Section 3: General Conduct 3.2 Hold a Hearing 11/03/2015 - 9:30am The Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew, PA4 8XB Breach Censure
11/12/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
Cllr Corrie McChord Stirling Council Section 3: General Conduct 3.15 Hold a Hearing 24/03/2015 - 9:30am Stirling Council, Municipal Buildings, 8-10 Corn Exchange Road, Stirling FK8 2HU Breach Censure
20/10/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/EL/1494 Cllr Fraser McAllister East Lothian Council Section 5: Declaration of Interests 5.7 Hold a Hearing 14/01/2015 - 9:30am - 15/01/2015 - 5:00pm Maitlandfield House Hotel 24 Sidegate Haddington East Lothian Scotland EH41 4BZ Breach Censure
25/09/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
Cllrs Barney Crockett, Neil Cooney, Fraser Forsyth, Ross Grant, Jenny Laing, Ross Thomson and Willie Young Aberdeen City Council Section 3: General Conduct 3.16 Hold a Hearing 15/04/2015 - 9:30am - 16/04/2015 - 9:30am Aberdeen City Council, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1FY
19/09/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/ER/1490 Cllr Barbara Grant East Renfrewshire Council Section 3: General Conduct 3.2 Hold a Hearing 02/12/2014 - 10:00am The Busby Hotel, Field Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, G76 8RX Breach Censure
13/08/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/WD/1493 Cllr George Black West Dunbartonshire Council
Section 3: General Conduct
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
3.2
3.3
20
Hold a Hearing 17/02/2015 - 9:30am - 18/02/2015 - 9:30am The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre Beardmore Street Clydebank Glasgow G81 4SA Breach Censure
16/07/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/SB/1503 Cllr Alastair Cranston Scottish Borders Council Section 5: Declaration of Interests
5.3
5.6
5.7
Hold a Hearing 10/10/2014 - 9:30am Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA Breach Suspension
31/03/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/WD/1419 Cllr James Bollan West Dunbartonshire Council
Section 3: General Conduct
Section 4: Registration of Interests
Section 5: Declaration of Interests
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
3.5
4.22
5.3
5.5
5.7
2
20
Hold a Hearing 03/06/2014 - 9:30am Beardmore Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA Breach Suspension
18/03/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/WD/1418 Cllr George Black West Dunbartonshire Council
Section 3: General Conduct
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
3.2
3.5
2
20
Hold a Hearing 03/06/2014 - 9:30am Beardmore Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA Breach Suspension
10/02/2014
Details of Alleged Breach
LA/S/1336 Councillor Alasdair MacPherson Stirling Council
Section 2: Key Principles of the Code of Conduct
Section 3: General Conduct
Section 7: Taking Decisions on Quasi-Judicial or Regulatory Applications (Councillors’ Code only)
Annex C: Protocol for Relations between Councillors and Employees in Scottish Councils (Councillors’ Code only)
2.1
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.10
7.20
Annex C
Hold a Hearing 12/05/2014 - 9:30am The Royal Hotel 55 Henderson Street Bridge of Allan FK9 4HG Breach Suspension