The Bromley Times reports that Cllr Karen Roberts, a Labour councillor for Penge and Cator Ward, has only attended one of the seven full councils meetings over the past year. She receives £11.300 in allowances.

Of course this sort of problem is not unique. Under the Local Government Act 2000 a councillor is only expelled if they fail to attend a single meeting for a full six months. I can also understand how her colleagues might not have wished her to resign causing a byelection. She mentions ill health and family problems. Yet would it not have been honourable under such circumstances for her to stop claiming all her allowances? Also extraordinary is the implication in the article that she plans to stand again – as she talks about trying to attend more meetings in future.