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Bonkers Blog September 2016

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

13 September (Part 3) - See you in Court

You may recall that John Watson is one of several Bexley residents who tried very hard to discover exactly what Councillor Maxine Fothergill was supposed to have done to deserve a formal guilty verdict against her at last December's Code of Conduct Committee meeting.

The more one discovered the more it looked as though she was the victim of stitch up. She probably annoyed the Council Leader at some time.

Eventually Bexley Council decided it would refuse to answer any more questions on the subject and BiB added the following note to all Maxine Fothergill related blogs.

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reporting one of their associates to the police for theft and as a result his candidacy at a local election had to be withdrawn.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

You may also recall that John Watson threatened to take the case to Court using Judicial Review procedures. He failed to reach even the starting block because it was ruled that John did not have any close personal involvement in the case. He was merely a bystander.

John was eventually banned from contacting Bexley Council on anything at all. Gill Steward at her democratic best.

After due warning which was systematically ignored John has commenced his Judicial Review proceedings against Bexley Council deciding they do not want to talk to him.
The documents were served on the Bexley Buffoon last Friday.

Index to Councillor Fothergill related blogs


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