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Councillor in Facebook row.

CAMPAIGNING councillor Keith Kondakor has been hauled before what he calls "a kangaroo court" to answer a complaint about his conduct.

The only Green Party representative on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, he was accused of making inappropriate comments on Facebook after a row about snow-clearing.

Coun Kondakor appeared in front of three fellow councillors for a Standards Board hearing, which took place this week behind closed doors at the Town Hall.

Sub-committee chairman Barry Longden, Labour colleague June Tandy and Tory member Gerald Smith voted to conduct proceedings in closed session - despite an objection from Coun Kondakor.

He said: "This process is a violation of my human rights. It is a kangaroo court and should not be held in secret."

Four members of public - Coun Kondakor's wife Michelle, Weddington constituent Peter Rogers, market trader Jan Gadsby and former councillor Tom Wilson - were allowed to address the panel before it went into closed session.

The complaint - believed to be from a council officer - arose 12 months ago after Coun Kondakor had criticised a snow-clearing operation, which affected Nuneaton's street market. Coun Longden said that details of the hearing and the complainant's identity, would remain confidential but the panel's decision would be announced at a later date.
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