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Poor discipline

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Not the least disgraceful aspect of the arb disciplinary investigation and hearing concerning former aa councillor Ingrid Morris (all charges dismissed) was a whopping bill the board planned to charge Morris just to obtain photocopies of the documents relating to her case. Her legal advisers were told it would set her back, wait for it, £600. They did not pursue it, since the case has already cost Morris thousands of pounds. The demand added insult to injury, since the advisers had to appear at short notice, having previously been told the hearing would be in February, and thus having to cancel an arbitration hearing in which they were acting. A reference during the hearing to 'the Mad Hatter's tea party' did not go down well with the committee, but it seemed highly appropriate.

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