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1 April (Part 1) - They are Judge and Jury when dealing with the public

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 Other blogs which suggest otherwise have been withdrawn.

The action taken by Bexley’s Code of Conduct Committee against Councillor Maxine Fothergill had all the makings of a major scandal which might lead to police action, but it all fizzled out. But not quite. One of the members of the public who was excluded from the meeting has continued to ask awkward questions.

Bexley Council tried to reject his complaint on the grounds that he made it more than seven days after the alleged unlawful exclusion because they have set their own rule which says that complaints about meetings must be made within a week.

I do not pretend to understand all the legal arguments that have ensued but I have been able to work out that there never was a written complaint from a member of the public about Maxine Fothergill. This, so the complainant claims, is contrary to the provisions of the Localism Act.

That Councillor Maxine Fothergill has done nothing worse than create too many high powered enemies within Council seems ever more likely.

Bexley Council is probably awash with back-stabbers.

The Council’s rejection of the exclusion complaint and their mishandling of the hearing of the case against the Councillor appears to be heading for Court, so I will refrain from further comment.

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