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Ukip councillor calls for mandatory DBS checks to be introduced

A Ukip councillor in the Hampshire town of Havant has called for the introduction of compulsory checks on council members under the Disclosure and Barring Service legislation.

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Cllr John Perry said that the move was necessary to protect the integrity of the authority, following the emergence of a leaked document which referred to alleged instances of inappropriate behaviour naming some MPs.

Whilst accepting that no evidence of such behaviour has been produced, Cllr Perry suggested that checks should be introduced.

Information on such checks is provided by the government via its website GOV.UK.

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The renewed call for such checks in Havant follows an initial demand from Cllr David Keast, a Conservative member of the council, earlier this year. Any change in council procedure was blocked by the authority‚Äôs leader, Tony Briggs, who said that this was not a legal requirement, given the work councillors carry out.…