A councillor found in breach of conduct over “unwanted sexual advances” has appealed to the High Court for the decision to be overturned.

Batchworth community councillor Christopher Horne sent a “pre-action” letter to Three Rivers District Council indicating he intended to apply for a judicial review after a standards hearing found he had breached the councillors’ code of conduct.

Cllr Horne appeared before a panel of councillors in October after allegations he had made “unwanted sexual advances” towards a woman in May this year.

Despite denying the claims, the Conservative was found in breach of councillors’ code of conduct following an investigation. He was made to apologise and attend equality and diversity training.

A spokesperson for Three Rivers District Council said: “We can confirm we have received a pre-action letter from Mr Horne indicating he intended to apply to the High Court for judicial review of the council’s decision.

“We have sent Cllr Horne a formal response as the High Court requires and await his full reply.

“No proceedings have begun yet. Once issued the matter will take place in a High Court in London.”

To read previous story, see https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/16971715.batchworth-community-councillor-christopher-horne-ordered-to-apologise-over-breach-of-conduct/?ref=twtrec