Tendring District Council is evidently a lively place. Labour councillor Ian Beckett (pictured) has just escaped a six mionth suspension after being found to have used violent and abusive language towards Cllr Dave Rutson of the Community Representatives Group after Cllr Rutson voted with the Conservatives on an issue.

Cllr Beckett claims it was a misunderstanding and that people thought might have thought he was behaving in a threatening manner due to his accent. His solicitor cited Cllr Beckett having been born in Hammersmth in mitigation.

Had Cllr Beckett been suspended Labour would have lost control of the Council.