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The following blog relates to unspecified allegations against Councillor Maxine Fothergill
for which Bexley Council found her guilty of obtaining a perceived financial advantage for
herself (not an actual one you will note) and bringing Bexley Council into disrepute.
Over time it became apparent, well beyond any reasonable doubt, that the case
against Maxine Fothergill was in every respect a dishonest attempt to pervert
the course of justice. A wholly fabricated allegation without any foundation
whatsoever which circumstantial evidence suggests was instituted by Council
Leader Teresa O’Neill in connivance with Councillor Cheryl Bacon, already on
record with supporting documentation of being a serial liar. Bacon is Chairman
of Bexley’s Code of Conduct Committee and currently being considered by the
Crown Prosecution Service for a charge of Misconduct in Public Office.
The motive was almost certainly revenge for Councillor Fothergill’s refusal to overlook
criminal activity within the Conservative Party which the Leader had decided to cover up.
No one made a written complaint against Councillor Fothergill, it was
manufactured by Bexley Council. There have been reports that the complaint was
the work of a member of the Code of Conduct Committee which heard and judged
the case against Councillor Fothergill.
Bexley Council has refused to reveal any information that would indicate that
Maxine Fothergill committed any sort of ‘offence’ beyond conducting her property
business in a perfectly normal manner. Those who have questioned the Council’s
abuse of the law have been banned from making any further contact. The action of
an organisation with dark secrets to hide.
All the circumstantial evidence points to Bexley’s corrupt Council continuing an
unjustified vendetta against Councillor Fothergill.
The following blog has been retained because it contains none of the allegations
against Councillor Fothergill which later proved to be entirely false. Other blogs
which suggest otherwise have been withdrawn.
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.