A LEGAL action by outspoken Cotswold Water Park councillor Esmond Jenkins against Cotswold District Council has been thrown out by a judge.

Cllr Jenkins (Lib Dem) took the action against CDC, claiming the authority should have provided him with legal cover during his Standards for England hearing in January 2012, but the judge at Oxford County Court threw out the case on Monday, saying it had very little chance of success.

Last year’s hearing was held following a number of accusations that Cllr Jenkins had bullied and intimidated CDC officers and employees of developer Watermark.

Although he was found to have breached the member’s code of conduct, the majority of accusations were dismissed.

Cllr Jenkins told the Standard he intended to appeal.