Padiham Mayor avoids suspension over racial slur

Clive Lawrence 9-5-2011'Mayor of Padiham Cllr Bob Clark pictured at the Town Hall.
Clive Lawrence 9-5-2011'Mayor of Padiham Cllr Bob Clark pictured at the Town Hall.

PADIHAM Mayor Bob Clark has avoided suspension from duty over a racial slur he made against a Burnley call centre worker.

Coun. Clark was hauled before the Standards Committee after he was caught on tape making the remark against a Calico Homes employee during a telephone conversation.

The popular community figure admitted he was “totally ashamed” of his behaviour, which the Burnley town hall hearing was told left complainant Mr Hafiz Rehman feeling shocked and confused.

Coun. Clark, who has an “exemplary” record for charity and community work in his hometown, was found to have breached the Code of Conduct for Members on two counts – failing to treat other with respect and bringing his office into disrepute.

However, he was not found to have caused the local authority to breach the Equality Act 2010.

The Standards Committee panel took the decision to censure Coun. Clark as well as sending the serving Mayor of Padiham on diversity training.

Read the full story in the Burnley Express this Friday.

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