Outcome of Standards Committee Hearing Panel

Somerset County Council is today publishing the findings of a Standards Committee Hearing Panel into complaints against Cabinet member for Resources, Councillor David Huxtable. The Panel findings, recommendations, and actions can be found at this link: http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/meetings/results.asp?ccode=51

The following is a response to the findings from Council Leader John Osman:

“This is obviously a devastating outcome for a councillor who has devoted more than 30 years to public service. Cllr Huxtable has today written to me with his resignation from his Cabinet position. This is the honourable step to take and nothing less than I expected of a councillor whose three decades of dedication to public service include nearly 30 years with SCC – six as a Cabinet member.

“I know that he will continue to represent residents in his division to the very best of his abilities. I’d like to thank the Standards Panel for their work on this matter.

“I can announce that I will take on the Cabinet Resources brief temporarily.”