Councillor accused of sleeping during meeting continues to refute claim

Nigel Pearce was criticised for appearing to be asleep during a meeting of North Norfolk District Co

Nigel Pearce was criticised for appearing to be asleep during a meeting of North Norfolk District Council. Photo: YouTube - Credit: Archant

A councillor who denied being “fast asleep” during a livestreamed council meeting has continued to refute the accusations.

Conservative councillor Nigel Pearce was accused of being inattentive during a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) scrutiny committee on November 11.

Liberal Democrat Nigel Lloyd said: “It’s inappropriate for somebody on a livestream to be fast asleep and it casts shame on this council.”

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But Mr Pearce denied the claim and said he was doing other work while listening as an observer rather than as a member of the committee.

He said: “I totally refute the accusations offered by Mr Lloyd and steps will be taken along official channels.”

A council spokesman said: “At this time, we have not received a formal complaint through the standards code of conduct committee process.


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“If a complaint is received, it goes through the council’s standards committee processes which can be seen in the council’s constitution.”

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