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13 January (Part 2) - The more one hears the worse it gets

This blog is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and linked from the relevant Index page. Together they cover five different subjects all related in some way to Ms. Fothergill.

• Some cover her Code of Conduct Committee hearing which resulted in sanctions against Councillor Fothergill. It was alleged that she used her position as Councillor to obtain a financial advantage. viz. that she bought a bungalow from a vulnerable Bexley resident at an advantageous price.
No evidence that Ms. Fothergill paid less than the market price ever came to light and the alleged victim did not make the written complaint necessary to cause a Code of Conduct hearing. When Bexley Council was pressed to provide evidence it could only point to a document written by a Member of its own Code of Conduct Committee, Judge and Jury.
The probability is that the Leader of Bexley Council was unwilling to forgive the fact that Maxine Fothergill had brought down the Leader’s preferred election candidate by reporting him to the police for more than one theft. The sanctions appeared to be nothing but retribution. The Leader of Bexley Council is renowned for her ruthless retribution.
The police issued a caution.
• Others show how she was alleged to have conducted her business affairs in a way that some of her associates considered ethically dubious and have almost no link to Bexley Council.
• Councillor Maxine Fothergill fought Sevenoaks Council over an unauthorised house extension and lost. There is again no Bexley Council link apart from it becoming clear that her main residence is not in the borough
• When a resident requested a Judicial Review of Bexley Council’s refusal to state that it would always comply with the law they managed to convince a barrister that he was taking issue with them over the entirely unconnected issue of the verdict given by the Code of Conduct Committee Committee in the Maxine Fothergill case.
Nothing could be further from the truth and there is documentary evidence to that effect that Bexley Council lied to their barrister.
Nevertheless the barrister persuaded a judge to refuse to hear the Judical Review and Bexley Council, dishonest to the last, billed the resident the cost of hiring their tame barrister.
• Councillor Fothergill was sued for libel and lost.

Amax EstatesFreedom of Information requests relating to Councillor Fothergill’s Misconduct are proving more popular than expected so maybe another can be justified.

It is possible that you are wondering what the fuss is about, Estate Agents have a reputation for sharp practice, so maybe Maxine Fothergill pulled a fast one, why is Bexley Council so upset about it?

At the simplest level a councillor is deemed to be a councillor for every minute of the day. What they get up to outside the council chamber should be just as much beyond reproach as what they do inside it. A bit of a joke in Bexley I know but that's the theory anyway.

By that measure Councillor Fothergill is guilty of Misconduct, that was the verdict of the Code of Conduct Sub-Committee, but believe me it gets far worse than that. All will probably come out in due course, meanwhile the promised FOI submitted last week.


Under the London Borough of Bexley Members Code of Conduct Sub Committee Rules of Procedure, Rule 3.2 states that the Chairman may exercise their discretion and amend the order of business, where they consider that it is expedient to do so in order to secure the effective and fair consideration of any matter.

With reference to the London Borough of Bexley Members' Code of Conduct Sub Committee meeting held on 10th December 2015, to hear allegations against Councillor Maxine Fothergill, the complainant against Councillor Fothergill was not present at the meeting.

Rule 3.1(d) of the Rules of Procedure relates to the introduction of individuals present at the meeting, including the complainant.

1. Please provide copies of any correspondence received from the complainant, or any other person, requesting to be informed of any action to be taken against Councillor Fothergill and/or any other Council Officer or individual involved in the allegations against made her or them.

2. Please provide copies of any correspondence sent to the complainant, or any other person setting out the time and place of the meeting on 10th December 2015 and any request or invitation for the complainant, or any other person to attend the meeting if they so desired.

3. Please provide copies of any correspondence from the complainant, or any other person, in response to any request or invite for them to attend the meeting on 10th December 2015, or any other meeting or disciplinary proceedings involving any other individual involved in the allegations made against them and Councillor Fothergill.

4. Please provide copies of any correspondence from the complainant, or any other person, in response to being informed of the decision and the reasons, including any sanctions/recommendations made against Councillor Fothergill on 10th December 2015 and any other decisions and the reasons, including any sanctions/recommendations made against any other individual as a result of any meeting or disciplinary proceedings against any other individual involved with Councillor Fothergill.

5. Please provide copies of any correspondence relating to any other individual involved with Councillor Fothergill, being dismissed from the Council, or leaving of their own volition, as a result of the allegations made against them and Councillor Fothergill.

6. Please provide the date that any individual involved with Councillor Fothergill, was dismissed or left of their own volition, as a result of any allegations made against them or Councillor Fothergill.


FOI by everybody’s favourite Vexatious Fascist, Mr. Michael Barnbrook.

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