The Council’s Consideration Sub-Committee has found ‘no evidence to support the view that breaches of the code of conduct have taken place’, following a complaint being made against Cllr Mazher Iqbal, and have decided to take no further action towards him in regard to the matters investigated.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal will as such be returning to his role as Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration.
Cllr Mazher Iqbal said:
“This is incredibly welcome news, and I am delighted to be completely exonerated by the council’s investigation.
“It’s been a great disappointment to have had this hanging over me for so long, and I’m looking forward to getting back on with the serious and important business of representing local people, improving lives and putting Sheffield first – making it a great place to live and do business.
“It’s been a trying period, but I’m now looking forward to moving on and to getting stuck into the job at hand.
Labour leader Cllr Terry Fox said:
“The independent recommendations completely exonerate Councillor Iqbal – drawing a firm line under this matter.
“People have tried to use this situation for political gain, and sadly the accusations were leaked and weaponised in a bid to disrupt the running of the council and smear a hardworking councillor. But they failed.
“It’s greatly disappointing how long it has taken to come to this decision. The complaints process needs to be robust and thorough, but it’s not fair on those complaining or complained against for matters to take so long to be resolved, so we’ll need to see what can be done to improve the process.
“There are lessons that need to be learnt and we will undertake action to prevent this situation arising again. The independent process found nothing to support the allegations and the Audit and Standards committee decided to take no further action towards him regarding the matters investigated.
“I’m delighted that Councillor Iqbal will again be back in the fold, and together we will continue making sure the council serves local people, delivers the services they rely on and enhances our great city.”