Investigation into Somerton & Frome MP withdrawn
The Former MP for Somerton & Frome is no longer under investigation. This follows the decision by an Appeal Panel that the initial investigation into him was flawed. You can red more about that here: https://leveller.live/2023/07/04/warburton-appeal-upheld/
The Appeal Panel ordered a new investigation. However the Claimant then withdrew from a process that would have seen evidence not allowed at the first investigation, being accepted and reviewed in detail.
The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) then faced a dilemma. With the Claimant withdrawing, could they follow the Appeal Panel’s instruction? To make matters worse, this is treading new ground. It hasn’t been done before.
Initially the ICGS confirmed their written regulations stated that they had to proceed.
After further internal discussion the ICGS decided they could not proceed without a Claimant after all.
That leaves Mr Warburton in limbo. Of three cases against him, one is closed, one dismissed and this third, now withdrawn,
When we spoke to the former MP earlier today, he was not happy. He believes he has had his reputation dragged through the mud (and the press). He told us he was taking legal advice. He is investigating if he can force the ICGS to either declare his innocence or investigate.