There is no criticism of Councillor Maxine Fothergill in this blog.
15 January (Part 4) -
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candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.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.
Let’s end the week with another Freedom of Information request from Michael Barnbrook.
Do you think he is on some sort of fishing expedition seeking information that
may not exist and hoping to strike lucky?
Please provide copies of all letters sent on Bexley Council headed notepaper
and all emails sent and received to her Bexley Council email address by
Councillor Maxine Fothergill, relating to the purchase of a property, which
resulted in her appearance before the Members Code of Conduct Complaints
Sub-Committee on 10th December 2015.
Something must have made the complainant contact Bexley Council about what on
the face of it was just a property transaction. Presumably
Councillor Maxine Fothergill does not routinely sign off her Amax Property deals
with her name prefixed with Cllr?
PS. Mick Barnbrook is not on a fishing expedition, he knows what he is doing and
knows what exists and what doesn’t. Don’t tell Bexley council.