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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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There is no criticism of Councillor Maxine Fothergill in this blog.

26 January - Maxine Fothergill

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reporting one of their associates to the police for theft and as a result his candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.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.

There won’t be much time for blogs today because of the Fothergill conference and this evening there is a Public Cabinet although the democrats are planning to chuck the public out so I may get an early night.

A subject up for discussion is the imminent destruction of youth services, they call it a redesign. The Scouts will lose £49,000 and Danson Youth Service £89,000 and the total cuts will be over £300,000. Teresa O’Neill issued an excuse note a week ago.

Further down the Agenda I see that Slasher Griffin is planning to throw her colleagues to the wolves and take the top job herself. That’ll be an awful lot of five and six figure pay offs and a 4% council tax increase to pay for them.
Cuts
Behind that smiling exterior lies a ruthless chain saw operative.

Believe it or not there are Maxine Fothergill related FOIs that have not yet been reported; I think they brings the total to thirteen.


Under the London Borough of Bexley Members Code of Conduct Sub Committee Rules of Procedure, it states in Rule 3.9(e) When considering sanctions, the MCSC will consider the following questions along with any other relevant circumstances or factors. It then lists eleven questions the Sub Committee should consider when considering sanctions. Please provide a copy of the minutes of the MCSC meeting held on 10th December 2015, containing the responses by the sub committee members to those eleven questions and any other relevant circumstances or factors, when considering sanctions against Councillor Maxine Fothergill.

And…


With reference to the decision by Councillor Maxine Fothergill to appeal the verdict of the Members' Code of Conduct Complaints Sub-Committee hearing on 10th December 2015, please supply a copy of Councillor Fothergill's grounds of appeal.


A fourteenth is Mr. Elwyn Bryant’s philosophical question about the word perception which Mr. Alabi (Head of Legal) decided was beyond his feeble mind and told Elwyn he’d sent it off to the FOI department. Mr. Alabi’s priority appears to be protecting his paymasters.

It transpired a week later that Mr. Alabi had not sent the question off to the FOI people at all but somehow lost it. Mr. Bryant has had to send it in all over again.

So that makes 14 FOIs for which Bexley Council must find excuses not to answer. Presenting excuses will merely confirm Bexley’s priority to be covering up shameful activities and won’t save them. They obviously have no idea of what will be coming before too long.

 

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