Cllr Bill Hunt cleared of ‘homophobia and misogyny’ following complaint

An East Cambridgeshire District councillor has spoken of his anguish over being accused of homophobia by one of his peers, after being cleared by an investigation.

Cllr Bill Hunt feels the accusation against him was politically motivated and damaging to those people who do suffer abuse.

Cllr Hunt, who represents Stretham on the district council and Soham South and Haddenham on Cambridgeshire County Council, was accused of homophobia and misogyny by Cllr Alison Whelan at a full meeting of East Cambs District Council in July.

He had asked which Cllr Whelan was being referred to during a discussion. Cllr Alison Whelan and Cllr Christine Whelan are a same-sex coouple and both sit on the district council. Both made a formal complaint that Cllr Hunts comments constituted a breach of the Members Code of Conduct.

On Tuesday (August 13) Maggie Camp, legal services manager and solicitor and monitoring officer at East Cambs council informed Cllr Hunt via email that, after investigation, no action would be taken against him.

She said she and an independent person had investigated the allegations and could “see little evidence that your comments amounted to a breach of the Member Code of Conduct and it is therefore our view that no further action should be taken in relation to this complaint”.

Councillor Hunt, a Conservative, claims the allegations against him were politically motivated – both councillors Whelan are members of the Liberal Democrat Group – adding that accusations of the type were damaging to those who were the victims of hate crimes.

He said: “I have been accused of homophobia, misogyny and microagression by politically-motivated Liberal Democrat councillors.

“The, apart from being completely untrue, is hurtful and damaging.

“Sadly some minority groups do suffer from nasty and aggressive verbal and written attacks and, of course, suffer great amounts of mental paint.

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