A councillor at the centre of bullying allegations has had his appeal quashed by the council’s conduct committee.

The committee upheld an earlier ruling by Enfield Council’s monitoring officer that Cllr Daniel Anderson bullied officials and breached the code of conduct.

It means the original sanctions against Cllr Anderson – to apologise, promise not to repeat the behaviour and be excluded from council offices for two months – still apply.

The verdict came at a meeting on Wednesday (September 23) after almost two-and-a-half hours of private debate.

Following the discussion, committee chair Cllr Claire Stewart announced to the public: “The conduct committee has decided that we uphold the decision of the monitoring officer and the recommended sanctions.

“The only avenue available to Cllr Anderson is the Local Government Ombudsman.”

Cllr Anderson, who represents Southgate Green for the Community First group after quitting Labour in August, waited more than six months to have his appeal heard after being told of monitoring officer Jeremy Chambers’ ruling.

Mr Chambers’ decision followed two separate complaints about Cllr Anderson’s conduct from four council officers. Three claimed Cllr Anderson engaged in “threatening and uncontrolled” behaviour, while a fourth alleged Cllr Anderson threatened him with physical assault.

Cllr Anderson subsequently issued a statement “emphatically” denying the allegations and findings of the investigation, as well as criticising the report into his conduct.

Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, members of the public were unable to view the investigation report, the monitoring officer’s ruling or Cllr Anderson’s appeal.

These documents were classed as confidential due to “the nature of the allegations and the seniority of the majority of the officers involved”, according to a council report.

The Local Government Ombudsman does not offer a right of appeal against a council’s decision on member conduct complaints but can consider if there was fault in the way the local authority considered the complaint.

The Ombudsman’s website states: “We will only investigate complaints if there is sufficient injustice to warrant our involvement or we consider it in the public interest to do so.”