Leading Birmingham Liberal Democrat city councillor Martin Mullaney begins a one-month suspension from public duties today after losing a high court battle over a publicity stunt.
Coun Mullaney (Moseley & Kings Heath) was found by the council Standards Committee to have broken the councillors’ code of conduct by trespassing on private property while making a video highlighting the dilapidated interior of the former Moseley tram offices.
The film was shown on Facebook as part of a campaign drawing attention to the plight of historic buildings.
His attempt to have the suspension overruled failed when a judge agreed that Coun Mullaney had been wrong to enter the property uninvited and ought to have apologised to the building’s owner, Safdar Zaman.
He will be barred from carrying out council duties for a month, prevented from carrying out casework on behalf of constituents and will lose almost £2,000 in wages. He will also be unable to act as chairman of the transportation scrutiny committee during the period.
Coun Mullaney said: “I have absolutely no regrets about what I did and I am certainly not going to apologise for attempting to do something I believe in – preserving historic buildings.
“It does seem odd that I should do something for the public good and end up being suspended. But it is time to move on and draw a line under this.”