Mike Storey guilty of breaking council rules but no action to be taken
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FORMER Liverpool Council leader Mike Storey has been found guilty of breaking council rules by an ethical standards investigation - but will face no action.
Cllr Storey showed an "error of judgement" in discussing the health details of former Culture Company chief executive Jason Harborow with a member of the press, the Standards Board for England has found.
He was cleared of the potentially more serious charge of conspiring with council leader Warren Bradley to force ex-Culture Company chief executive Mr Harborow from his job.
A spokesman from the Standards Board said: "The ethical standards officer found that Cllr Storey breached the Code of Conduct in one respect (ie when he confirmed information to the press about Jason Harborow's health) but could find no evidence that he had breached the Code in respect of the other allegation (ie the allegation that Cllr Storey intended to conspire against Mr Harborow to remove him from his job as Chief Exec of the Culture Company).
"The ethical standards officer did not consider any further action against Cllr Storey to be necessary."
The board is yet to reach a final conclusion on Cllr Bradley, despite having reached a draft finding in November.
It is understood the board are currently considering representations from lawyers acting on Cllr Bradley's behalf, after he was sent a copy of their draft report.