Facebook joke row councillor cleared

Coun Gill has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Coun Gill has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

A COUNCILLOR who posted lewd jokes on her Facebook page will NOT face a standards hearing into claims her behaviour breached the council’s code of conduct.

Coun Carole Gill provoked the storm by uploading posters to her home page containing explicit swear words and a crude joke about the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

But council chiefs confirmed this week the Labour councillor, who represents the town centre ward, had no case to answer.

A town hall spokesman said: “No action will be taken regarding Coun Gill as the messaging was posted on her personal Facebook page.

“The Code of Conduct applies to elected members when they are acting in that capacity on their councillor site. Coun Gill was posting on a personal Facebook page.”

Former councillor John Beirne, who made the original complaint, said he was disappointed Coun Gill would not face any censure.

“If you are elected as a councillor I assumed the job was 24/7,” he said.

“Coun Gill talks about a right to privacy but I don’t think this is a job you can switch on and off.

“I was disgusted by her Facebook page, and expected some action to be taken.”

The St Helens Reporter has seen the material on Coun Gill’s page which sparked the investigation but is unable to repeat details of its content.

A Labour party spokesman was unavailable for comment.