Paying a political researcher to sit on his sofa at home watching 'Trisha' for EIGHT MONTHS while you investigate allegations of misconduct? That's neither good value for my money, nor is it fair to the employee in question - justice delayed is justice denied, as a great Liberal politician once said (sadly, an extinct breed).
Not only that, these are allegations of gross misconduct - that is they are considered to be so serious as to be grounds for dismissal. John Hemming bleats that the law is so complicated (bear in mind that this is the party that seeks to deregulate business - which always means bad news for employees or consumers), rather than finding out whether the council is victimising an employee or just being incompetent. I know what it sounds like from here.