As expected, John Humphreys has been stripped of his honorary title of Alderman at an extraordinary general council meeting of EDDC. This follows his conviction of sexual offences and subsequent 21 year jail sentence.
Cllr Ian Thomas, in putting the motion, repeated his expression of sympathy to the victims on behalf of the full council.
The motion to withdraw the honour was proposed from the chair which requires no seconder although a number of councillors volunteered.
By a vote of 45 to 1 it was agreed that a recorded vote should be taken and the motion was passed unanimously.
At an extraordinary meeting only one issue can be debated, but a number of speakers raised the need for a review of the procedures for the awarding honorary titles. The Chairman confirmed that this would be dealt during the year.
Cllr David Key (Conservative) also raised the question of DBS checks and the Chairman said he expected the issue to be raised in the future.
The question was also raised by Cllr Eileen Wragg (Lib Dem) as to whether or not the police investigation into Humhreys was known to the Conservative Group at the time his honour was being considered.
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