Complain about a councillor

The council’s Monitoring Officer has responsibility for considering any complaint against a member of the council who may have breached the Brent Members' Code of Conduct. If necessary, the Monitoring Officer may refer the complaint to the Standards Committee.

The term 'member' includes:

  • elected members
  • co-opted members 
  • independent members.

Please note that the Monitoring Officer and the Standards Committee cannot consider complaints about Brent Council as a whole, our services or officers.

How to make your complaint

If you want to complain about the conduct of a member of the council, download the members' code of conduct complaint form

You can send your complaint to the Monitoring Officer, London Borough of Brent, Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley HA9 0FJ

Read the members' code of conduct complaints procedure

Breach of the Members’ Code of Conduct by Councillor John Duffy (Kilburn Ward)

On 25 July 2017, the Council’s Deputy Monitoring Officer upheld complaints made by Carolyn Downs, the Council’s Chief Executive, and Councillor Liz Dixon that Councillor John Duffy, ward member for Kilburn, breached the following obligations of the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct:

  • 3: The obligation to maintain a high standard of conduct and, in particular, the general principles of integrity and leadership.
  • 4(1): You must treat others with respect.
  • 4(2)(b): You must not bully any person.
  • 4(2)(e): You must not make frivolous, vexatious or repeated complaints against another member or an officer of the Council.
  • 5: You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or the Council into disrepute.

View the full decision and the appendix.

View a further letter sent to Councillor Duffy following the Standards Committee meeting on 28 September 2017.