Suspended charity chair asks Charity Commission to investigate

Brian Hudson is suspended by management committee at Keighley Community Transport after internal dispute

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The chairman of a community transport charity has asked the Charity Commission to investigate his organisation after he was suspended.

Brian Hudson was suspended by Keighley Community Transport’s management committee this month after an internal dispute about how the organisation is run.

Hudson, who has been chair of Keighley Community Transport for 30 years and is a former mayor of the West Yorkshire town, claimed the committee acted in breach of the charity’s constitution by not giving sufficient notice of the meeting to suspend him.

Hudson said he had complained about this and irregularities in the charity’s accounts to the commission."I would like the commission to carry out an investigation," he said. The local CVS had also been asked to step in to resolve the issues, he added.

Richard Parker, the charity’s former vice-chairman, is now acting as chair. He said the management committee had passed a vote of no confidence in Hudson.

"It was over a lot of things, but partly because of how the charity is run," he said. Parker said he was unable to provide further details for legal reasons.

He said he was also unaware of any problems with the charity’s accounts. "Our auditor has found no discrepancies," he said.

A spokeswoman for the commission said concerns had been raised and it was "looking at these to see what, if any, regulatory role there is for us".

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