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Bonkers Blog February 2016

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

6 February (Part 2) - Ignorance is bliss

The 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.

There has been another batch of Freedom of Information responses from Bexley Council which as anticipated, dodge the questions.

Post itThe Council has a copy of the complainant against Councillor Maxine Fothergill but is not prepared to provide any details.

They do not have any papers relating to the time of the meeting or any invitation to attend it, or any advice of the result to the complainant either. Is she still in ignorance of it?

No information is held that records what individual Sub-Committee members had to say about the complaint. You would think in a quasi-legal situation someone would have made a few notes. On the other hand Bexley’s Legal Team Manager, Lynn Tyler, made a right old mess of recording the Cheryl Bacon business too. Notes, but no dates and no signatures on statements and innumerable inconsistencies which are still under consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service.

There is no knowledge of what benefits were obtained by Councillor Fothergill even though she was found guilty of Misconduct by benefitting from them.

Bexley Council is unwilling to make their own report into Councillor Fothergill’s Misconduct public or any indication of what the allegation was. I am beginning to think the evidence against her must have been very flimsy but Bexley Council is implying something more extreme by their refusal to write anything down.

 

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