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'Guilty' Salisbury awaits ARB rap

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The possibility of Ian Salisbury being thrown off the ARB remained extremely high this week.

It has emerged that a guilty verdict against him has been upheld for breaking the board's 'dignity in the workplace' rules.

It is understood that Salisbury failed in a bid last Tuesday (18 January) to get a secret disciplinary board meeting to overturn his conviction for breaking these rules in his treatment of education director Jon Levett (AJ 13.1.05).

At the same board meeting he also failed to get a 'not guilty' verdict' thrown out, which saw Levett cleared of breaking these same 'dignity at work' rules.

The move means that Salisbury - who won more votes than any other candidate in the last elections - will now face a punishment to be decided by a meeting of the full board. The most likely sanction is that he will be forced to issue both a public and a written apology.

While this sanction appears light at first glance, the consequences could embroil the troubled board in yet more controversy.

It is understood that the ARB rebel will refuse to issue any such statement, a move that would leave the board with little option but to ask for his resignation.

It also seems likely that Salisbury will take yet another stand and refuse to step aside, leaving the quango in major difficulty.

'I do not think Ian will apologise if he is asked to and, as a result, he is likely to be asked to leave the board, ' a source told the AJ. 'Who knows what will happen if he refuses to resign.'

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