A COUNCILLOR who was found to have bullied social workers and used abusive language by an independent investigation has been reprimanded.
Wakefield councillors overwhelmingly voted to censure Coun Steve Tulley over his behaviour at a meeting last year to discuss the welfare of a family in his South Elmsall and South Kirkby ward.
The Very Rev George Nairn-Briggs, who chairs the authority’s standards committee, told a full meeting of Wakefield Council that Coun Tulley had repeatedly refused to answer questions about the incident from council officers and the independent investigation that followed.
On one occasion he had used 30 abusive terms he said.
He added: “I believe that both this council and the political parties represented in it will wish to send the strongest possible signal to the public out there that you expect the highest standards of behaviour from all elected members and you will not tolerate neither bullying nor contemptuous disregard for this authority’s standards regime.”
Responding, Coun Tulley insisted he had never bullied anybody.
“The question is asked ‘why did I refuse to take part?’ Because the only person in this room today who is a victim of bullying, abuse and intimidation is me.”
Coun Tulley accused an unnammed councillor of threatening to “bury” him.
He told councillors the social workers in the meeting had been caught “like rabbits in headlights, lying to my constituents” which had been later proven by a council investigation.
However, Coun Tulley also expressed that he had not taken part in the investigation.
Just three councillors voted with Coun Tulley against the motion to officially censure him.