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A PORTSMOUTH councillor has denied any wrongdoing after a complaint was made against her.

Lib Dem Councillor Cheryl Buggy, who will become the city’s Lord Mayor on May 17, has been reported to Portsmouth City Council’s standards committee by the leader of the Tory group, Cllr Steve Wemyss.

He claims she broke nine points of the council’s code of conduct by failing to declare herself as a director of Express FM when she chaired a council investigation into its use of consultants.

In June last year, Express FM won £15,600 of council contracts.

In September, Cllr Buggy became chairwoman of the committee. But Cllr Buggy, who declared her role at meetings of the full council, and in the annual declaration of councillors’ interests, said: ‘I’ve always declared my position at Express FM, a not-for-profit group. There’s no-one in the council who could be unaware of it, if they wanted to know, and the council’s legal team tells me I acted correctly. It’s important for us to behave properly. I fear this allegation is because we’re close to election time, and it’s an attempt to score points.’

The council’s solicitor, strategic director Michael Lawther, said: ‘Cllr Buggy’s business interests have always been declared in full council, and her position is widely known.’