Councillor’s apology over cricket check at meeting

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Sheffield Labour councillor David Barker is set to face disciplinary action – after being caught checking cricket scores during a debate on the Rotherham sex scandal.

Coun Barker, who represents for Mosborough, was captured on camera checking his mobile phone during a council meeting discussing a vote of no confidence in South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright.

A spokesman for the ruling Labour group said: “This is completely unacceptable behaviour and we would like to apologise unreservedly.”

Coun Barker said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” and apologised.

“I am offering no mitigation. It is a time when confidence in politicians is at an all-time low and it was an utterly irresponsible thing to do.” He would be meeting the leader and whip “to discuss the action they wish to take”.