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16 January (Part 5) - Hiding their identities

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 Other blogs which suggest otherwise have been withdrawn.

It’s not realistic to expect the minutes of the Code of Conduct Sub-Committee meeting to tell the whole truth but you might reasonably expect them to record everyone who was present, but in Bexley absolutely nothing is honest. Hence the following Freedom of Information request.

The draft minutes of the Members' Code of Conduct Complaints Sub Committee held on 10th December 2015 show the following individuals as being present at the meeting - Councillors Cheryl Bacon, Nigel Betts and Stefano Borella. Also present was Councillor Maxine Fothergill, Councillor June Slaughter, Ms Rebecca Sandhu, Independent Person and Mr Kenneth Atmore, Investigating Officer.

As of Agenda Item 4 - Exclusion of the Press and Public, Councillors Fothergill and Slaughter were not present at the meeting, which can be confirmed by myself, Mr John Watson, Mr Elwyn Bryant, members of the public and Mr Dave Easton.

Mr Akin Alabi, Monitoring Officer, was present at the meeting but is not shown as being so in the draft minutes.

One other female, who was sitting between Mr Alabi and Ms Sandhu is not shown as being present.

There is no reference, in accordance with Section 3.1(f) of the Rules of Procedure, of any representations from Members of the MCSC, the Monitoring Officer and/or the Subject Member, as to whether any part of the hearing should be held in private and/or whether any documents (or parts thereof) should be withheld from the public/press.

Please provide a copy of the minutes containing the correct details, as set out above.

Rebecca SandhuIt has been widely speculated in the past that Rebecca Sandhu is related to the former Conservative Mayor of Dartford making Ms. Sandhu a not very Independent Person. There are also persistent rumours to the effect that Ms. Sandhu did not believe Councillor Fothergill had done anything wrong at all.

Neither of these stories has yet been substantiated.

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