Portsmouth councillor in ‘sex parties’ investigation

Cllr David Fuller
Cllr David Fuller
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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into allegations of a councillor holding sex parties at his home.

Cllr David Fuller, a Lib Dem councillor for Fratton on Portsmouth City Council, is reported to have been holding the parties at a house on The Avenue in Fareham.

Now Fareham Borough Council is to investigate the parties to establish whether they have breached licensing or planning regulations.

Councillor Sean Woodward, the Conservative leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘If there was a club of some description running, whether it’s for private members or whatever, that represents a change of use of a building, from a residential property to a business, and that would need planning permission.

‘And if there is some sort of members’ organisation, then that would need a licence.

‘I have asked our director of regulatory services, Garry White, to investigate it urgently.

‘He will be investigating because of the allegations that have been made.

‘There haven’t been any complaints to the council and that’s why we haven’t taken any action before now.’

When The News attempted to contact Cllr Fuller, a man who would only identify himself as ‘a close friend’ answered.

He said Cllr Fuller would not be speaking unless it was face to face, but did not say when that could be arranged.

Portsmouth City Council leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson could not be reached for comment yesterday.

But David Williams, Portsmouth City Council’s chief executive, said: ‘As this is a personal matter it’s not for us to discuss further.

‘There is a code of conduct councillors are expected to adhere to, but this does not strictly apply to their behaviour in a private capacity.

‘If we do receive a complaint about the conduct of a councillor then it will be investigated by the governance, audit and standards committee.’

Cllr Fuller also sits on the governance and audit and standards committee, the planning committee and the licensing committee.