Howden Labour Party today issued a cautious welcome to the announcement that the East Riding Councillor for the Town Charles Bayram, is to be referred to the Standards Committee in the wake of revelations in the media that Cllr. Bayram solicited contractors working for the Council to tarmac his 40 metre drive at his home in North Cave with no cost to himself. Cllr. Bayram, who sits on the Council’s Planning Committee, is on record as saying that he has done nothing wrong.
Colin Turner, Chair of Howden Branch Labour Party said, “We are pleased that this matter has been referred to the appropriate authorities which are accountable to the Council and therefore local residents. The Council Tax payers and residents of Howden deserve answers as to why a Councillor feels it is his right to have work at his home done for free when the rest of us would have to go to the trouble of getting quotes, organising for the work to be done and then have to settle a hefty bill on it’s completion. The feeling locally is that Mr. Bayram has shown no inkling of why residents are upset, and his attitude smacks of arrogance towards the people of the Town he is meant to serve. The Tory led Coalition Government is telling us “we are all in it together” regarding local Government cuts. Clearly this does not apply if you are a Conservative Councillor”.
Mr. Turner is keen for the Standards Committee to meet as soon as possible so that Howden people can see the wheels of justice are in motion, and that the Council takes matters of propriety as seriously as tax paying local residents do.
Howden’s Parliamentary Candidate Danny Marten summed up local feelings.
“It is time we put democracy in the East Riding to the test, Cllr Bayram has been referred to the standards committee, let’s see if how promptly this matter is dealt with and what the result is. Cllr Bayram is another example of a Tory politician who does not get the economic strain that people are under. If he is found to have breached the rules would he be as confident to face a by election as he was to face the t.v. cameras claiming he had done nothing wrong, and indeed would do it again?