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Bonkers Blog February 2016

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7 February (Part 4) - Cheque checked

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.

ChequeWhile wading through the pile of papers dumped into my lap since advertising an interest in Councillor Fothergill’s activities I came across an application form signed by the Councillor.

The signature appears to match the Secretary’s on the £244,000 cheque but the printed name beneath it is prefixed ‘Councillor’.

So not only does it look like the Councillor signed a cheque from one company payable to her own company, which seems to me a dubious practice, but it is also proved that in a transaction which was solely the business of her company far away from Bexley she used the title apparently in the belief it conferred some sort of advantage for herself.

 

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