The Lord Mayor of Oxford has resigned after being censured for making a remark towards a 13-year-old girl using the word "sexy". Despite being found to have breached the city council's code of conduct Alan Armitage had vowed to continue.
But later in a letter the Liberal Democrat councillor said he did not
have the support of all his colleagues. A committee heard from a number of witnesses. None of them could definitively say what the remark was, an Oxford City
Council spokeswoman said.
But she added witnesses reported hearing a combination of words including:
"Bending is very sexy isn't it?", "Ooh, that's a bit sexy" and "It's sexy when
you bend down like that". The committee found the Lord Mayor had breached two
paragraphs in the council's code of conduct, relating to treating others with
respect and bringing your authority into disrepute. Mr Armitage subsequently called the ruling "unfair" and said he was misheard
In the resignation letter to city council chief executive Peter Sloman, he
wrote: "Despite the decision of the standards committee... which stated 'there
was no reason why Councillor Armitage should not continue to undertake the full
range of his mayoral duties', I have been made aware in recent days that this
does not represent the view of all councillors. I therefore resign from my position as Lord Mayor, with immediate effect, so
that the council may find another person in whom they all have confidence to
carry out the duties of the role."