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Bonkers Blog February 2016

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Doubt is cast on Bexley Council’s allegations against Councillor Maxine Fothergill.

4 February - More Money

The blog below is one of around 40 relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. It took that many blogs to at first factually report what the Code of Conduct Committee had decided and then unravel the truth.

More than a dozen Freedom of Information requests eventually led to the conclusion that Councillor Fothergill had been the victim of a plot by senior Bexley Councillors to discredit her and the fact that she spotted a business opportunity while canvassing for the Tories was just a convenient hook on which to hang her out to dry.

It took two months of enquiries for Councillor Fothergill’s innocence (link) to become virtually certain and for the suspicions based on Bexley Council’s assertions to evaporate. Eventually innocence was proved (link) beyond reasonable doubt.

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.

The most convincing explanation for the vendetta against Councillor Fothergill is that the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken their revenge because Councillor Fothergill embarrassed them by reporting one of their associates to the police for theft and as a result his candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.

It was imperative that Councillor Fothergill was taught a lesson.

For reasons that are hard to fathom, in December 2017 Councillor Fothergill decided that the defence of her position which unfolded on this blog over several months was criminal harassment in spite of the fact that without it everyone who read the report on Bexley Council’s website would continue to believe she had been genuinely guilty of breaching their Code of Conduct.

Councillor Fothergill reported the blogs to the police and Sergeant 11901 Robbie Cooke at Swanley Police Station failed to conduct any investigation whatsoever and ludicrously decided that there was a case to be answered in the Magistrates’ Court. Fortunately the Crown Prosecution Service had more sense.

No time for anything significant today, the ancient aunt’s immersion heater was replaced but the electrics were judged inadequate. Another day when I shall curse Teresa O’Neill for getting her mate Boris to cancel the Thames Bridge. If the fool had gone for borough growth when first elected the General Purposes Committee might not be voting for selling parks next Wednesday. Anyone who holds out any prospect of a reprieve for Old Farm and the three smaller parks is hopelessly deluded about Bexley Council. Committee members will be whipped and any defaulters will be hauled before the OBE’s (Owns Burrfarm Exclusively) Kangaroo Court.

HandcuffsThere have been an awful lot of interesting developments in the quest for truth regarding the Maxine Fothergill cover up, but there is still nothing to suggest that the old lady’s house sale was anything more than a possible case of Money over Morality but not criminal.

Elsewhere investigations have been more productive but little can be said at present. It may be coincidence but following Mick Barnbrook’s letter to the Chief Constable of Kent, the officer who had twiddled his thumbs for the past year or more has suddenly flown into action.

The police investigation which Councillor Maxine Fothergill initiated against one of her own employees is on the point of collapse because there is no evidence against her. Even more welcome news is that the boot has been transferred to the other foot. Better not say more, don’t want to prejudice anything, but that would make two out of 45 Bexley Tories currently under police investigation.


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