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Irene Hewitson – Covid-19 Comment

Mrs Irene Hewitson was expressing a personal opinion.

She was speaking as a private individual and not in her role as a Councillor and member of Great Aycliffe Town Council.

Great Aycliffe Town Council does not agree with Councillor Hewitson’s views regarding Covid-19 and does not endorse her actions.

Complaints against Councillors

Please be advised that any complaints regarding a Councillor who has breached the Code of Conduct are dealt with independently by the Monitoring Officer at Durham County Council. They can be contacted on 03000 260 000, for more details please visit their website.

If a complaint is regarding something that may have broken the law this should be reported to the Police. They can be contacted via 101 or complaints on their website.


Please note – these are the only circumstance in which a Councillor may legally be disqualified from office.

Councillor Disqualification 

  • Fails to deliver his form which formally confirms his acceptance of office (upon election.)
  • Fails to attend a meeting of the whole Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee for a period of six months and the reason for absence is not approved before the expiry of the six-month period
  • Holds a paid office or employment, the appointments to which are made by the Council
  • Is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, or a debt relief restrictions order or interim debt relief restrictions order under the Insolvency Act 1986, which dates from the judgement or execution and generally ends one year after the relevant order is made.
  • Has within five years before the date of the election, or since his election, been convicted of an office in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, which has imposed a sentence of imprisonment of three months or more (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine.
  • Is convicted of offences involving corrupt or illegal practices.
  • If a person has been convicted for failure to register or declare a disclosable interest under the Localism Act 2011.

A Councillor’s normal term of office will come to an end after four years.

A Councillor’s term of office will of course end upon his/her resignation or death.