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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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Doubt is cast on Bexley Council’s allegations against Councillor Maxine Fothergill.

28 January (Part 3) - Where’s the crime?

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reporting one of their associates to the police for theft and as a result his candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.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

A little bit more Maxine Fothergill information has dribbled in. Not much and nothing to prove that any kind of fraud was behind her appearance before the Code of Conduct Committee, yet there must be something, even if it is minor because she was found guilty of conferring a financial advantage on herself.

The business relating to Mariner’s Walk may be a different kettle of fish and Mick Barnbrook has sent his second complaint to the Chief Constable of Kent within a week, the first being the complaint spoken of by Michael Crick on his Channel 4 blog. Reading the new letter may give you some idea of what has been going on in deepest Kent but nothing to pin on Councillor Fothergill locally.

Another source trying to be helpful has said that the name of the elderly lady is either Enid or Edna. Not sure what use that is, half of ninety year old ladies are called either Enid or Edna or Ethel. Maybe an expensive trawl through the Land Registry records will pay dividends.

Yet another helpful soul referred me to which lists Maxine Fothergill’s directorships.

I have seen it before but the new helper spotted something I couldn’t at the time, that on the day the cheque was issued to Amax Estates by Mariner’s Walk Management, Councillor Fothergill both owned Amax and was Secretary to Mariner’s Walk.

It all looks very odd but if there is anything untoward there must be a missing link somewhere.
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Note that the home address still shows as Mayplace Avenue but it was put up for rent last year. A bit of a Will o’ the Wisp is our Maxine.

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