'Old Grumpy' Pembrokeshire councillor's blog cleared

image captionCouncillor Mike Stoddart said he always felt the case against him was "weak".

An investigation into a Pembrokeshire councillor for comments made on his website has been dropped.

Mike Stoddart's blog published under the name Old Grumpy angered members of Manorbier community council.

He wrote: "It would be going too far to describe these people as fascists, but their tactics, if not their shirts, have a distinctly brown tinge."

The public services ombudsman for Wales confirmed the case was closed and Mr Stoddart said he would resume blogging.

He said: "I'm delighted that he has taken that view.

"I thought it was always a weak case against me and I feel vindicated."

Mr Stoddart suspended his weekly postings on his site in May after he heard that he may be investigated for a breach of the councillors' code of conduct.

He began writing his Old Grumpy column in 1992 when he and his family owned and ran the Milford Mercury newspaper, but for the last 10 years it has appeared each Thursday on the internet.

A critic of the ruling independent group on Pembrokeshire council, Mr Stoddart also gives his opinions on other public bodies and the county's political scene.

He said he was looking forward to resuming the blog and had plenty of material for its return next week.

The chairman of Manorbier community council, Raymond Hughes, had complained to the ombudsman on behalf of his colleagues.

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