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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to all Leeds City Councillors and voting co-opted members of the Council when they are acting in their official capacity. It does not apply to them in their private and personal lives.

General principles

Members must follow these principles:

  • Selflessness
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Leadership

More details about how Members can follow these principles are available in the Code of Conduct document (PDF 281KB).

Declaration and registration of interests

The Code of Conduct also sets out our requirements in relation to Members declaring their disclosable pecuniary and other significant interests. Their disclosable pecuniary interests are recorded in a register which is available for public inspection on our website. You can also view any declarations of interest made during meetings.


The Monitoring Officer and the Standards and Conduct Committee are responsible for overseeing the operation of the Code of Conduct. If you believe that a Member has broken the Code, you can make a complaint to the Monitoring Officer using the complaints form which you can download from this page. If your complaint relates to the rules about declaring and registering disclosable pecuniary interests, you should make your complaint to the West Yorkshire Police.

Before you submit your complaint you should read our procedures for dealing with complaints (PDF 289KB). This explains how your complaint will be dealt with and what sorts of complaints we will consider.

You can complain about Councillors and co-opted members of Leeds City Council, or any of the Parish and Town Councils in the Leeds area. To see a copy of the Code of Conduct adopted by a particular Parish or Town Council you should contact the Clerk.​​​​​​

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