Ruling is reversed

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A ruling that prevented certain councillors from taking up a seat on committees has been reversed.

Members of Babergh District Council voted to allow councillors with no political allegiance to take up positions following legal advice on Tuesday.

The vote came after Clive Arthey, from Lindsey, was removed from a planning committee after refusing to join a political party.

A council spokesman said: “We now appreciate that ungrouped members must be allocated seats if there are any left over in the proportionate calculation of entitlement to seats.”

Mr Arthey has been given a role on the council’s scrutiny committee.