I regret to say that the hearing yesterday did not conclude the case against me, despite the overwhelming evidence (in my view) that I am totally inoccent. I need to be careful about what I say so the text below is what I sent this evening to all the councillors in the council. You may find it interersting to know that the majority just ignore what I send them. You might want to remember this when they seek your vote in May next year.
Thanks to all for support of all kinds.
Evening everyone, here is a very brief update on the hearing yesterday.
Because the matter is not yet settled, I am limited in what I can say but I remain confident that my case is strong. That means, of course, that the case made by the complainants is anything but, in my view.
I have taken issue with the Standards Commissioner on what is on their website. I had thought all the case papers would be published but they only published their version of events. My view is that this is both wrong and partial and have asked them to rectify matters to show a more balanced position on the case. I await a reply.
I note below what I have said to the press today.
I was delighted with the manner in which my solicitor gave a clear rebuttal to the unfounded allegations against me. The clarity and logic of his arguments were evident to all present. I am, though, disappointed that this 16 month process did not reach a conclusion on Tuesday, especially when the hearing panel agreed they had all the necessary information. I assume they will now seek legal advice themselves prior to coming to a finding because the legal issues my solicitor argued were hard to counter. Even if they do find against me, I will be taking an appeal to the Sheriff Principal because I am convinced there was no breach of the code of conduct.