Livingstone v The Adjudication Panel for England: Admn 19 Oct 2006

The claimant challenged a finding that as Mayor of London offensive remarks he had made to a journalist as he was pursued leaving a private party had brought his office into disrepute.
Held: The appeal succeeded. Though the remarks may have reduced the claimant’s personal standing, they had insufficient connection with his position to be found to bring his office into disrepute. The Act required the conduct to be ‘in performing his functions’. The court noted that there ‘is a danger in regarding any misconduct as particularly affecting the reputation of the office rather than the man. If a councillor commits sexual misconduct or is convicted of theft, I do not think the reputation of the office is thereby necessarily brought into disrepute. His certainly will be. If the high profile test is correct, anything done by the appellant which can be regarded as improper may fall within Paragraph 4, however remote from his official position. ‘


Collins J


[2006] EWHC 2533 (Admin), Times 09-Nov-2006, [2006] BLGR 799, [2006] HRLR 45, [2007] ACD 22




Local Government Act 2000 79(15)


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