Senior South Tyneside councillor Ed Malcolm suspended by the Labour Party

The Gazette understands that Councillor Ed Malcolm has been suspended by the Labour Party pending the outcome of an investigation.

In March, Councillor Ed Malcolm, the ward member for Simonside and Rekendyke, was the focus of a South Tyneside Council Standards Committee in relation to a complaint lodged back in 2020.

For many years, Cllr Malcolm combined his position as cabinet member for resources and innovation, which included responsibility for developing the council’s annual budget, with a role as chair of South Tyneside Homes (STH).

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However a formal investigation was triggered after concerns were raised about Cllr Malcolm’s apparent failure to raise this at meetings when local authority rules state he should have.

Cllr Ed MalcolmCllr Ed Malcolm
Cllr Ed Malcolm

The role included a £10,000-per-year allowance as the chair of the board at South Tyneside Homes, an arms-length management organisation created by South Tyneside Council to manage its council homes.

Cllr Malcolm’s allowance for serving as chair of the board was classed as a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI).

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Despite correctly registering the DPI on the council’s register of members’ interests, an investigation found that he failed to declare the position at a number of council meetings when he should have, including full council.

The Labour Party refused to comment on Cllr Malcolm’s situation but did state that all complaints about members are taken “very seriously”.

A spokesperson for the Labour Party said: “The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases.

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“However, all complaints are taken very seriously and investigated fully in line with our policies and procedures.”

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