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Bonkers Blog December 2015

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19 December (Part 1) - Who has been a naughty boy or girl?

The blog below is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. This note aims to make it clear that the events reported between December 2015 and the Summer of 2016 whilst accurate reflections of various events, disciplinary hearings and sanctions brought against Councillor Fothergill they are individually insufficient to explain the whole story.

Two members of the Bexley-is-Bonkers team met with Councillor Fothergill at a secret location on 16th September 2016 where she explained to us what had really happened. She was able to convince us that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

There were compelling reasons why Councillor Fothergill should be believed. It seemed likely that the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken revenge on her because Councillor Fothergill had reported one of their associates to the police for theft.

Councillor Fothergill requested that the explanatory note prefixed to relevant blogs (which first went on line a few days earlier) be further strengthened so that readers are fully aware that reported events, whilst accurate at the time, did not reflect her innocence and that Bexley Council’s charge of misconduct and “gaining a financial advantage for herself” was malicious.

This is a modified version of the note Councillor Fothergill asked to be placed here.

CouncillorBexley council is going to enormous lengths to protect the identity of the councillor accused of misconduct recently. Their Code of Conduct Committee tried to hide the hearing away with a sub-Committee that met at 10:30 in the morning and declared the heart of the meeting closed.

When three members of the public showed up they were escorted around the Civic Centre in a manner never seen before and when written complaints went to both the Acting Chief Executive and the Committee Officer both have ignored them (†). Probably they have gone off on their Christmas break by now so information will be even harder to come by.

Meanwhile we can only speculate and guess who stood accused but usually what gets a councillor a rap over the knuckles would result in a court appearance for anyone less privileged. It would be surprising if this case was any different.

† This is no longer true but the requested information has not been forthcoming.


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