An independent investigation has ruled that councillor Steve Tulley was ‘intimidating, aggressive and bullying’ during a child protection meeting.
Wakefield Council voted to censure Coun Tulley after a standards board report was presented at a meeting on Wednesday. The complaint was made against Coun Tulley after he attended the meeting between two constituents and social workers in July 2013.
The complaint alleged that social workers were left ‘very upset’ and the meeting was stopped due to Coun Tulley’s behaviour.
But Coun Tulley defended himself against the accusations, saying the social workers had acted improperly in the case, a complaint that was upheld by the council.
Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting he said: “I have never bullied anyone in my life and spend all my professional time defending people who are bullied.
“An investigation took place and they (social workers) were found to be telling bare-faced lies. That’s the reason I didn’t take part in the investigation - most of the witnesses against me were proven liars. This council failed my constituents and, more importantly, those children.”
The initial complaint was referred to the council’s standards committee and investigated by an independent party - a legal officer at Kirklees Council. The report stated that Coun Tulley was uncooperative with the investigation.