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80 Disqualifications for election and holding office as member of local authority.E+W

(1)Subject to the provisions of section 81 below, a person shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member of a local authority F1. . . if he—

(a)holds any paid office or employment (other than the office of chairman, vice-chairman [F2, deputy chairman, presiding member or deputy presiding member] [F2[F3or, in the case of a local authority which are operating executive arrangements which involve a leader and cabinet executive, the office of executive leader or member of the executive]) appointments [F4or elections] to which are or may be made or confirmed by the local authority or any committee or sub-committee of the authority or by a F5. . . joint committee [F6or National Park authority] on which the authority are represented or by any person holding any such office or employment; or

[F7(aa)holds any employment in a company which, in accordance with Part V of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 other than section 73, is under the control of the local authority; or]

[F8(b)is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order [F9or an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, or a debt relief restrictions order or interim debt relief restrictions order under Schedule 4ZB of the Insolvency Act 1986];]

F10(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(d)has within five years before the day of election or since his election been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine; or

[F11(e)is disqualified for being a member of the relevant council under Part III of the Representation of the People Act 1983 or for being a charter trustee [F12under [F13the Audit Commission Act 1998]], and in this paragraph “the relevant council” means the council of the county or district in which is comprised the area for which charter trustees are established by any statutory instrument made under Part II of the Local Government 1992.]

(2)Subject to the provisions of section 81 below, a paid officer of a local authority who is employed under the direction of—

(a)a committee or sub-committee of the authority any member of which is appointed on the nomination of some other local authority; or

(b)a joint board [F14, joint authority ][F15economic prosperity board, combined authority,]F16... or joint committee on which the authority are represented and any member of which is so appointed;

shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member of that other local authority.

[F17(2AA)A paid member of staff of the Greater London Authority who is employed under the direction of a joint committee the membership of which includes—

(a)one or more persons appointed on the nomination of the Authority acting by the Mayor, and

(b)one or more members of one or more London borough councils appointed to the committee on the nomination of those councils,

shall be disqualified for being elected or being a member of any of those London borough councils.]

[F18(2AB)A person who is employed by or under the direction of a strategic planning panel is disqualified for being elected or being a member of a local authority which is a constituent local planning authority in relation to that panel (within the meaning of paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 2A to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).]

[F19(2A)Subsection (2) above shall have effect as if the reference to a joint board included a reference to a National Park authority.

(2B)For the purposes of this section a local authority shall be treated as represented on a National Park authority if it is entitled to make any appointment of a local authority member of the National Park authority.]

[F20(3)Subsection (1)(a) shall have effect in relation to a teacher in a school maintained by the local authority who does not hold an employment falling within that provision as it has effect in relation to a teacher in such a school who holds such an employment.]

F21(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)For the purposes of subsection (1) F22. . . (d) above, the ordinary date on which the period allowed for making an appeal or application with respect to the F22. . . conviction expires or, if such an appeal or application is made, the date on which the appeal or application is finally disposed of or abandoned or fails by reason of the non-prosecution thereof shall be deemed to be the date of the F22. . . conviction, F22. . ..

F23(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .]

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 80(1) repealed (30.12.2007) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 74, 241, 245(2), Sch. 3 para. 6(2), Sch. 18 Pt. 3

F2Words in s. 80(1) substituted (30.9.2013) by Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 (anaw 4), ss. 51(4), 75(2)(d)

F3Words in s. 80(1)(a) inserted (E.) (26.10.2000) and (W.) (28.7.2001) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 46, 108(4), Sch. 3 para. 8; S.I. 2000/2849, art. 2(e)

F4Words in s. 80(1)(a) inserted (E.) (11.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2237, art. 5(b) and (W.) (1.4.2002) by S.I. 2002/808 {art. 5(b)}

F6Words in s. 80(1)(a) inserted (23.11.1995) by 1995 c. 25, s. 78, Sch. 10 para. 10(1) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7); S.I. 1995/2950, art. 2(1)

F8S. 80(1)(b) substituted (1.4.2004) by Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40), ss. 267(1), 279; S.I. 2003/2093, art. 2(2), Sch. 2 (with transitional provisions in arts. 3-8 (as amended by S.I. 2003/2332))

F11S. 80(1)(e) substituted (4.3.1996) by S.I. 1996/263, reg. 7(7)

F12S. 80(1)(e): by 2000 c. 22, s. 107(1)(2), 108(3)(b)(c)(i), Sch. 5 para. 8, Sch. 6; S.I. 2002/1718, art. 2 it is provided that the words "or under the Audit Commission Act 1998" are repealed (27.7.2002 with application as mentioned in art. 1(2) of the commencing S.I.)

F13Words in s. 80(1)(e) substituted (11.9.1998) by 1998 c. 18, ss. 54(1), 55(2), Sch. 3 para. 3(1)

F16Words in s. 80(2)(b) omitted (26.5.2015) by virtue of Deregulation Act 2015 (c. 20), s. 115(7), Sch. 13 para. 6(7)(b); S.I. 2015/994, art. 6(g)

F17S. 80(2AA) inserted (8.5.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 69 (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2(2)(b), Sch. Pt. 2

F18S. 80(2AB) inserted (6.9.2015 for specified purposes) by Planning (Wales) Act 2015 (anaw 4), s. 58(2)(b)(4)(b), Sch. 1 para. 3

F19S. 80(2A)(2B) inserted (23.11.1995) by 1995 c. 25, s. 78, Sch. 10 para. 10(1) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7); S.I. 1995/2950, art. 2(1)

F20S. 80(3) substituted (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2267, regs. 1, 9

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 80 applied (7.8.1991) by S.I. 1991/1773, arts. 6, 8, Sch. 1

S. 80 applied (10.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2913, arts. 6, 8, Sch. 1

S. 80 applied (with modifications) (8.1.1996) by 1995 c. x, s. 44, Sch. Pt. I

C2S. 80: certain functions transferred (subject to modifications) (7.8.1991) by S.I. 1991/1773, arts. 6, 8, Sch. 1

S. 80: certain functions transferred (subject to modifications) (10.1.1992) by S.I. 1991/2913, arts. 6, 8, Sch. 1

C4Ss. 79-82 applied (with modifications) (E.) (24.3.2011) by The Hull and Goole Port Health Authority Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/939), arts. 1(1), 7, Sch. 1

C5S. 80 applied by 1959 c. xlvi s. 11(2) (as substituted (15.1.2014) by Humber Bridge Act 2013 (c. vi), s. 1(1), Sch. 1 para. 1)

C6Ss. 79-82 applied (with modifications) (E.) (31.3.2017) by The Weymouth Port Health Authority Order 2017 (S.I. 2017/558), arts. 1(1), 8, Sch. 1

C7S. 80(1)(a) amended by S.I. 1985/1884, art. 10, Sch. 3 para. 1(b)

C8S. 80(1)(a) modified by S.I. 1987/2110, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 para. 3(b)

C9S. 80(1)(b)(d)(5) applied (4.3.1996) by S.I. 1996/263, reg. 7(6)

C10S. 80(2)(b) amended by S.I. 1985/1884, art. 10, Sch. 3 para. 1(b)

C11S. 80(2)(b) modified by S.I. 1987/2110, art. 2, Sch. 1 para. 3(b)

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