Councillor Jostled While in Litten Tree Shock

It can get busy on a weekend

The manager of a popular Eastleigh Pub has alleged that a local councillor threatened to revoke his licence after he was jostled while being served.

As a result of the incident Mr Simon Bancroft of the Litten Tree in the High Street complained to the council regarding the alleged behaviour of Dave Broughton the Liberal Democrat councillor for Eastleigh South and the matter was referred to the Standards subcommittee last week.

The committee heard how Cllr Borughton a partner in Ace Limos – who provide chauffeur driven limousine hire for Hampshire (all major credit cards ‘excepted’) – had been working the door of the Railway Club where he is a committee member on the night of May 1st.

Afterwards at about 12.30 pm having consumed ‘no more than 5 pints’ he decided to go the Litten Tree in a party of 8 people. While being served at the bar he was jostled about four times which led him to question the doorman regarding the capacity of the venue which he felt was overcrowded. However, when he asked to see the admission figures this was refused even after Mr Bancroft was called.

Cllr Broughton. Five pints, four jostles.

It was at this point it Mr Bancroft alleged that Cllr Broughton identified himself and suggested that he could have Mr Bancroft’s licence ‘revoked’.

Mr Broughton finally left after a passing police officer intervened.

Mr Broughton reported to the committee that he had only been concerned about the health and safety implications of an overcrowded venue and denied suggesting the Litten Tree licence could be revoked or that his behaviour had been bullying or intimidating in anyway.

The police officer who had spoken to Cllr Broughton, SPC Dan Brennan, said that Mr Broughton had not been aggressive, but repetitive in his demands to see the admission figures and added that as the councillor left he had told him – within earshot of the pub staff – that Eastleigh Borough Council were trying to close the Litten Tree down.

Jon Brown, the council’s assistant head of legal and democratic services, told the committee that the pub had not been overcrowded that night and that while the matter was “a case of one word or account over the other”, he considered that Cllr Broughton had breached the council member’s code of conduct:

“In terms of failing to treat other with respect; bullying; bringing the office of councillor and the council itself into disrepute and attempting to use the position of an elected member improperly”.

Following due consideration the committee ruled Cllr Broughton had failed to treat others with respect and had brought his role and the council itself into disrepute – but it also decided that he had not been bullying or had used his position improperly.

Didn’t the Litten Tree used to sponsor the Liberal Democrat Focus magazine by placing ads in it?

To read the full report to the standards subcommittee click here

‘Eastleigh Council guilty of maladministration’ read Simon Carr’s report in the Daily Echo here


  8 comments for “Councillor Jostled While in Litten Tree Shock

  1. davo
    October 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    no harm done just made himslf look a fool…

  2. easy peasy
    October 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

    The Councillor remarked to the PC that,

    “Eastleigh Borough Council were trying to close the Litten Tree down”

    In Vino Veritas perhaps?

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I think it’s outrageous that councillors should have to put up with being jostled by ordinary members of the public while being served at a bar.

  4. Matthew Myatt
    October 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    This is awful. This poor council man is out on the piss with his mates and gets his beer knocked about in a crowed pub.

    I mean, a councillor of all people and a local private hire operator at that..!!

    Dont these people know who he thinks he is..???

  5. Matthew Myatt
    October 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    The Councillor remarked to the PC that,“Eastleigh Borough Council were trying to close the Litten Tree down”In Vino Veritas perhaps?  (Quote)

    Very funny.. I love it.!!

  6. IN VINO VERITAS
    October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    If you sit on the commitee of a licesnsed permises like say the Railway Club, and you also sit on ELAC. Could that lead to a potential conflict of interest?
    Does anyone know the answer pls?

  7. Matthew Myatt
    October 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Of course it is a conflict of interests, why do you think he has failed to declare his membership of the Railway Club and his role on that committee on his Register of Interests Declaration Form. Details can be found here;

    http://tinyurl.com/2um5ts5

    These people are meant to be setting an example to the community and upholding the standards that they have been elected for.

  8. mm
    IN VINO VERITAS
    December 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    “A drunken politician who claimed a head injury unknowingly caused him to assault paramedics sent to his aid was found guilty of all charges today.

    Mick Bates, 62, was simply “one over the eight” with drink, a district judge concluded.

    The veteran Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly Member (AM), who represents Montgomeryshire, had denied three charges of assault by beating during a lengthy trial.

    Bates claimed the rare defence of automatism which amounted to neither remembering nor being responsible for his actions.

    Today he was ordered to pay a total of £5,490 in fines, costs and compensation to his three victims after a judge concluded he was simply “very drunk”.

    He paid off the amount immediately.

    Bates injured his head when he took a 360-degree tumble down a staircase at Charlstons restaurant in Cardiff in the early hours of January 20.

    He was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit for a driver at the time after a lengthy evening out drinking.

    A friend at the restaurant called the police, claiming Bates had been pushed by an unknown man, who has never been traced.

    Paramedics were also called and described in court how the AM was drunk and abusive and had to be moved down the stairs on his buttocks to the ambulance.

    Throughout his trial at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court Bates insisted he had no memory of the assaults of which he was accused.

    They included punching one paramedic in the stomach after he was put in an ambulance and grabbing another by the hands.

    He was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he was also abusive and threatening to nursing staff.

    District judge Bodfan Jenkins, sitting at the magistrates’ court today, said trial evidence revealed 68 separate instances of conscious action on the part of Bates.

    One alone would have been enough to defeat a defence of automatism.

    “It is important for me to stress yet again in relation to these 68 responses, that I gleaned from the evidence, that not one of these is in dispute.

    “I have to accept that all those things occurred.”

    He went on to define automatism as “a total loss of control”.

    He said: “On all the evidence in this case I have to say categorically that there is not sufficient evidence of automatism and that, I find, he was not concussed.”

    He added: “I am sure he was drunk, very drunk.”

    The evidence showed that as the evening wore on and he drunk more alcohol it had a greater effect on him, the judge said.

    “As the alcohol level increased the effect of that alcohol upon him became greater.”

    He said, to use an old-fashioned term, “this is a case of one over the eight”.

    The judge added: “The defendant had one too many and it tipped him over the edge.”

    He concluded: “This is a very regrettable conviction in relation to an otherwise excellent man of 62-years-of age. It is one blot.”

    Afterwards a Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We are satisfied with the outcome of this case.

    “The Welsh Ambulance Service has a policy of zero tolerance regarding violence and aggression towards its staff and will not tolerate any such acts.

    “We will continue to support our staff, who face a difficult job on a daily basis, and where appropriate we will prosecute assailants and abusers without hesitation.”

    A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The CPS takes attacks on health professionals very seriously.

    “Health service workers have challenging duties and they should be able to carry out their roles without fear of violence and abuse.

    “A national agreement is in place between the CPS and NHS to ensure health workers do not accept this kind of abuse as an occupational hazard.

    “The message must go out that crimes of this nature will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can to make sure offenders are brought to justice.”

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