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The Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007

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12.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), where you have a prejudicial interest in any business of your authority—

(a)you must withdraw from the room or chamber where a meeting considering the business is being held—

(i)in a case where sub-paragraph (2) applies, immediately after making representations, answering questions or giving evidence;

(ii)in any other case, whenever it becomes apparent that the business is being considered at that meeting;

unless you have obtained a dispensation from your authority’s standards committee;

(b)you must not exercise executive functions in relation to that business; and

(c)you must not seek improperly to influence a decision about that business.

(2) Where you have a prejudicial interest in any business of your authority, you may attend a meeting (including a meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee of your authority or of a sub-committee of such a committee) but only for the purpose of making representations, answering questions or giving evidence relating to the business, provided that the public are also allowed to attend the meeting for the same purpose, whether under a statutory right or otherwise.

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