Cornwall

Penzance mayor breached rules over ejecting man from council meeting

  • 16 February 2016
  • From the section Cornwall
Media captionSecurity guards manhandled a member of the public out of a council meeting when he tried to ask a question at the wrong time.

A mayor who ordered a man to be forcibly removed from a council meeting has been told to undergo training after he breached conduct rules, an investigation has found.

Security manhandled the man out of the meeting in November when he tried to ask a question at the wrong time.

Penzance Mayor David Nebesnuick has since told BBC News he made a mistake and has apologised to the man.

Cornwall Council has ordered him to undergo training within six months.

'Learn by mistakes'

At the time, a member of the public, Josh Bourne, said there were "horrendous" scenes in the heated meeting held at Penwith College.

In a video of the meeting filmed by BBC Radio Cornwall, the man who was removed said he was only asking if he was allowed to speak.

"Do you really call this democracy?" he said as he was pushed out of the hall.

Outside the meeting, he told the BBC his name was "Charlie Farley" and he had gone to the meeting to take part in a debate about the NHS.

He arrived after the mayor had issued a warning to the public not to speak during the meeting.

The investigation by Cornwall Council ordered Mr Nebesnuick to undergo training on the code of conduct and chairing skills before the middle of August.

The mayor told BBC News he realised he had made a mistake within 24 hours of the incident.

He added "we can all learn by our mistakes and I intend to do that".

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