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Guide: Making a Complaint about a Devon County Councillor

Part 7

Withdrawal of complaints

Any request to withdraw a complaint will normally be granted but in considering such a request from the complainant the Monitoring Officer will consider the following factors:

(i)whether the public interest in taking action on the complaint outweighs the complainant’s desire to withdraw it;

(ii)whether the complaint is such that action can or should be taken on it without the complainant’s participation; and

(iii) whether there appears to be an identifiable underlying reason for the request to withdraw the complaint such as whether there is information to suggest that the complainant may have been pressurised into withdrawing the complaint.