A DISGRACED councillor has been stripped of his allowance after he admitted sexually abusing a schoolgirl following a party to celebrate his re-election.
Although Mark Burton is legally entitled to continue receiving his councillor’s allowance – unless jailed for three months or more – the leader of Darlington Borough Council, Bill Dixon, said last night he has withdrawn the money “on moral grounds”.
The married father-of-three yesterday also pleaded guilty to downloading indecent images of children – one showing an eight-year-old girl being raped and another showing a naked child bound with rope.
My comment: Another not fit for purpose Councillor.
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UPDATED 4th February 2012: Shamed Darlington councillor urged to repay his £6,500 allowance.
A DISGRACED councillor claimed more than £6,500 in allowances after turning up to just one meeting – for only half an hour – while being investigated for sexually abusing a schoolgirl and downloading indecent images of children.
Despite spending 150 days out of a possible 271 locked up on remand, Councillor Mark Burton was eligible to claim and receive his councillor’s allowance because he met the minimum requirement of attending one council meeting every six months.
Darlington Borough Council leader Bill Dixon last night called on the married father-of-three to pay back the £6,689.16 he received at taxpayers’ expense since his arrest last May.
The court heard Burton, who has been remanded in custody until he is sentenced, sexually assaulted the schoolgirl after throwing a party to mark his re-election to the Harrowgate Hill ward last May.
He undressed the teenager and touched her intimately after a drinking session.
My comment: Not being able to stop a councillor's allowance unless they are jailed for more than 3 months highlights a serious flaw with elected representative's allowances.
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