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Views sought on Assembly code of conduct

By Noel McAdam

The public is being asked to help draw up a revised code of conduct for Assembly Members, it has been announced.

It follows a flurry of recent rulings by Stormont's watchdogs on complaints against Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly and Phil Flanagan, and the DUP's Jimmy Spratt, among others. The existing code has not been reviewed since 2009, and the Committee on Standards and Privileges wants members of the public to submit their opinions.

Two recent reports have also sparked the rethink. Firstly, the Council of Europe's group of states against corruption, which focused on the prevention of corruption of elected members of legislatures, judges and prosecutors. Secondly, the Committee on Standards in Public Life recently published Standards Matter, a review of best practice in promoting good behaviour.

Submissions should be emailed to: committee.standards&privileges@niassembly.gov.uk or sent to Room 241, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX before Friday, May 16.

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