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Wisbech councillor Sam Hoy cleared of misconduct claims

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A Wisbech councillor who normally chairs Fenland’s conduct committee found herself on the other side of the table on Friday after she was referred for a hearing into her own behaviour.

Councillor Sam Hoy was subject of a conduct hearing on Friday. (5192462)
Councillor Sam Hoy was subject of a conduct hearing on Friday. (5192462)

However, details of Coun Hoy’s alleged actions, which resulted in the complaint back in May, are shrouded in secrecy with the press and public excluded from the hearing amid claims the documents included “confidential material”.

It was alleged Coun Hoy breached the Code of Conduct by failing to treat others with respect. The complainant claimed she had referred to him on social media as “nasty and aggressive”. He also accused her of bullying him and inciting others to do the same again via social media.

But the most serious allegation, and the one which led to the hearing being held behind closed doors was that she breached the Data Protection Act. As a result of the allegations it was claimed she had brought herself and the district council into disrepute.

Coun Hoy denied the allegations in their entirety and council spokesman said: "On Friday members carefully considered all of the evidence and guidance available to them and taking this into account, came to the conclusion that this did not reach the threshold for investigation."

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