Belfast Telegraph

Partial suspension for Belfast councillor Jim Rodgers

By Rebecca Black

A veteran Ulster Unionist councillor has been partially suspended for three months.

Alderman Jim Rodgers was handed the punishment after a hearing by the Local Government Commissioner for Standards, Marie Anderson.

Mr Rodgers was suspended from membership of the East Belfast Area Working Group and the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of Belfast City Council.

The commissioner held that Mr Rodgers breached the Local Government Code of Conduct on matters around failing to register or declare interests in a number of organisations, including Ashfield Girls High School and Belmont Bowling Club.

Announcing her decision, Mrs Anderson said Mr Rodgers had significant, non-pecuniary interests in both organisations, which he should have registered. The suspension has no impact on his other council roles.

A council spokesman said: "Belfast City Council notes the decision from the Local Government Commissioner for Standards and will consider the commissioner's report in full upon receipt."

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