blog below is one of several relating to Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and
Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee. 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.
Two members of the Bexley-is-Bonkers team met with Councillor Fothergill at a
secret location on 16th September 2016 where she explained to us what had really happened. She was able to
convince us that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
There were compelling reasons why Councillor Fothergill should be believed. It seemed likely that
the Tory High Command in Bexley had taken revenge on her because Councillor
Fothergill had reported one of their associates to the police for theft.
Councillor Fothergill requested that the explanatory note prefixed to relevant blogs (which first went on line a few days earlier) be further
strengthened so that readers are fully aware that reported events, whilst
accurate at the time, did not reflect her innocence and that Bexley Council’s charge
of misconduct and “gaining a financial advantage for herself” was malicious.
This is a modified version of the note Councillor Fothergill asked to be placed here.
council is going to enormous lengths to protect the identity of the councillor
accused of misconduct recently. Their Code of Conduct Committee tried to hide the
hearing away with a sub-Committee that met at 10:30 in the morning
and declared the heart of the meeting closed.
When three members of the public showed up they were escorted around the Civic
Centre in a manner never seen before and when written complaints went to both
the Acting Chief Executive and the Committee Officer both have ignored them (†).
Probably they have gone off on their Christmas break by now so information will
be even harder to come by.
Meanwhile we can only speculate and guess who stood accused but usually what
gets a councillor a rap over the knuckles would result in a court appearance
for anyone less privileged. It would be surprising if this case was any different.
† This is no longer true but the requested information has
not been forthcoming.