AN OXFORD city councillor wrote a letter of apology to a member of the public who complained about their conduct while canvassing for local elections, according to a report.

The complaint, raised by a member of the public in May, was the only one which was made against an Oxford city councillor between May and September this year.

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It was published in a report to Oxford City Council’s standards committee last night.

The councillor, who was not named in the report to the standards committee, was alleged to have ‘behaved in a hostile and aggressive manner and made offensive remarks’ while canvassing for the local elections in March.

The councillor agreed that a discussion took place with a member of the public, but the report said ‘their recollection of the detailed content of the conversation differed significantly from that of the complainant.’

Anita Bradley, the council’s monitoring officer, considered the complaint and said there was no public interest in formal action against the councillor.

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Instead, the dispute was resolved informally, with the councillor sending a letter of apology to the person who complained about their actions.

The report noted that despite sending the letter, the councillor did not admit ‘the words and sentiments attributed to them’ by the person who complained.

The report also said that in the future, all city councillors should remember they will have to abide by the code of conduct when they are taking part in political activities like canvassing for elections.

The Oxford Mail asked the city council for the name of the councillor but the council said it would not provide it as the matter had been resolved.