A Tory Birmingham cabinet member has been cleared of rudeness following a heated row with a former Labour Lord Mayor.
The city council standards committee found that John Lines did not break the local authority code of conduct during an outspoken exchange of views with Ian McCardle.
Coun Lines (Con Bartley Green), the cabinet member for housing, was reported to the committee by Mr McCardle after a meeting at Shenley Court School, Northfield, earlier this year.
The meeting of the leisure centre advisory committee discussed, in Coun Lines's words, the "appalling neglect and decay" of community sports facilities at the school.
Mr McCardle, who is a former Labour city councillor and the chairman of the school's governors, took exception to Coun Lines's remarks.
The standards committee, in a unanimous decision, decided that Coun Lines was acting in good faith and "in accordance with his obligations as a councillor" by raising questions of public interest at the meeting.
Coun Lines did not use inappropriate language, the committee decided.
Three weeks after the meeting, the Shenley Court headteacher, Carole Gumbley, resigned and the school was placed in special measures following a highly critical Ofsted report.
Inspectors criticised the poor quality of teaching and "unacceptably low" achievement of pupils in many subjects.
Pupils at the school were using computers to download pornographic images, Ofsted reported.
The inspectors found evidence of serious fights and bullying among pupils.
Coun Lines, who is also vice-chairman of the Edgbaston district committee, admitted being critical of Mr McCardle and Ms Gumbley at the meeting but insisted he was not rude.
Coun Lines said: "Dual-use sports facilities were in such a poor state that very few could be used by local people. The bill for vandalism at the school was £500 a week.
"I made it perfectly clear that I thought Mr McCardle was a disgrace and had failed.
"Thank goodness we now have a new headteacher who is working extremely hard and trying to pull back the years of neglect."