A watchdog has banned a councillor from taking part in committee duties after a code of conduct breach.
Member for Rosemount and Midstocket Bill Cormie was found to have contravened the Councillors’ Code of Conduct by the Standards Commission for Scotland and suspended from his committee duties – which only includes planning – for three months.
SNP councillor Cormie, who was first elected in 2007, was referred to the Commissioner for Standards in Ethical Life by Labour councillor Willie Young after publicly opposing a house in multiple occupancy application (HMO) before it was heard at licensing committee.
Deputy leader of the SNP group Councillor Graham Dickson said: “I think the fact it even came to this is an absolute shame.
“It’s clearly petty tit for tat on behalf of Cllr [Willie] Young because he himself had been reported to the Standards Commission.
“The commission has given a very minor sanction following the overwhelming number of constituents who defended him and his actions and quality as a local representative.”
Finance convener Councillor Willie Young – who referred himself to the Standards Commission after he accidentally leaked confidential legal advice related to the controversial Marischal Square project – said: “Cllr Dickson should concentrate on the actions of his members rather than anything else.”
Cllr Cormie spoke publicly on October 23, 2015 about an HMO application at 32 Rosebery Street, Aberdeen, which was due to be heard by the Licensing Committee on November 3, 2015. In doing so it was found he had shown bias and breached the code.
He could not be reached for comment.
A Labour group spokesman said: “The Standards Commission has looked into this matter and the evidence against Cllr Cormie was compelling.
“At the heart of the Councillors Code of Conduct is the promotion of high standards in public life. The public has a high expectation of councillors and the way in which they should conduct themselves in undertaking their duties in the council.
“It is obvious from the evidence that Cllr Cormie ignored the advice of the monitoring officer and in doing so brought himself, his colleagues and Aberdeen City Council into disrepute with the people we serve.”