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Bonkers Blog February 2016

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

18 February (Part 2) - Councillor Fothergill. A step too far

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 have been further developments in the ongoing saga of Councillor Maxine Fothergill and her supposed involvement in a property transaction that earned her a Misconduct verdict from Bexley Council’s Code of Conduct Committee.

Her Appeal hearing was cancelled and when asked why, Bexley Council replied that she had had an “emergency operation”. It was surprising that they were so uncharacteristically forthcoming but it lined up with reports from other sources over several weeks past which said Councillor Fothergill was in hospital.

At last night’s Resources Scrutiny meeting where she earns £3,000 a year for being Vice-Chairman she was said to be absent due to illness. £750 for not being there. Can’t be bad.

Sources claiming to be close to Councillor Fothergill say she is on holiday. It’s not impossible that all of those things could be true.

You may recall that Michael Barnbrook wrote to the Chief Constable of Kent to suggest he looked into an old complaint about Maxine Fothergill submitted by letter in May last year.

The reply said that no letter had been received.
Kent Police
It’s a good job that the sender paid for tracking and has the Royal Mail’s confirmation that Kent Police accepted and signed for the letter on 3rd June 2015.

However it is not all bad news, the investigating officer has been instructed to conduct a full review.

The final Fothergill related news is both unexpected and potentially worrying. Worrying because someone may think I or anyone else who has commented so far played any part in it.

It would appear that residents in and around Roseacre Road, which is adjacent to the Welling Football Ground, have received scurrilous hand delivered leaflets about Councillor Fothergill.
There is absolutely no evidence of the claims made by its author other than Bexley Council's own conclusion that Councillor Fothergill conferred a financial advantage on herself, a decision seems to becomes ever more perverse the more one discovers about it.

Someone has jumped to far too many conclusions.

I understand that the original complainant has been made aware of this leaflet but like me, has no idea who has circulated it. Surely someone on Roseacre Road must have CCTV?

Index to Maxine Fothergill related blogs.


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