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has been partially withdrawn. Only content which is available on Bexley Council's website has been retained. It was related 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 Sub-Committee, having considered the evidence in
conjunction with the Members’ Code of Conduct…
Councillor Fothergill breached the following paragraphs of the Council’s
Members’ Code of Conduct:
1. Paragraph 3(1) of the Members’ Code of Conduct in that Councillor Fothergill’s actions
could be perceived by an ordinary member of the public, as conferring an advantage or
disadvantage on any person or act to gain financial or other material benefits for herself, her family, friends or
2. Paragraph 3 (8) of the Members’ Code of Conduct in that, whilst serving in her public post, an ordinary member
of the public could reasonably perceive that she had conducted herself in a manner, which could
reasonably be regarded as bringing her office or the London Borough of Bexley into disrepute.
The Sub-Committee considered the range of
sanctions as set out in the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct. The
Sub-Committee also considered the factors to be taken into account, as set out
in the Members’ Code of Conduct Complaints Sub-Committee Rules of Procedure,
prior to determining the sanction(s).
1. Councillor Fothergill should undertake training to be arranged by the Monitoring Officer
into potential conflicts of interest between her role as a business person and
her role as a Councillor; and
2. a recommendation be made to the Chief Whip or the Leader of the Council that Councillor Fothergill be removed from the
Appeals Committee for the duration of the Council administration.