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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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

16 January (Part 5) - Hiding their identities

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.

It’s not realistic to expect the minutes of the Code of Conduct Sub-Committee meeting to tell the whole truth but you might reasonably expect them to record everyone who was present, but in Bexley absolutely nothing is honest. Hence the following Freedom of Information request.

The draft minutes of the Members' Code of Conduct Complaints Sub Committee held on 10th December 2015 show the following individuals as being present at the meeting - Councillors Cheryl Bacon, Nigel Betts and Stefano Borella. Also present was Councillor Maxine Fothergill, Councillor June Slaughter, Ms Rebecca Sandhu, Independent Person and Mr Kenneth Atmore, Investigating Officer.

As of Agenda Item 4 - Exclusion of the Press and Public, Councillors Fothergill and Slaughter were not present at the meeting, which can be confirmed by myself, Mr John Watson, Mr Elwyn Bryant, members of the public and Mr Dave Easton.

Mr Akin Alabi, Monitoring Officer, was present at the meeting but is not shown as being so in the draft minutes.

One other female, who was sitting between Mr Alabi and Ms Sandhu is not shown as being present.

There is no reference, in accordance with Section 3.1(f) of the Rules of Procedure, of any representations from Members of the MCSC, the Monitoring Officer and/or the Subject Member, as to whether any part of the hearing should be held in private and/or whether any documents (or parts thereof) should be withheld from the public/press.

Please provide a copy of the minutes containing the correct details, as set out above.

Rebecca SandhuIt has been widely speculated in the past that Rebecca Sandhu is related to the former Conservative Mayor of Dartford making Ms. Sandhu a not very Independent Person. There are also persistent rumours to the effect that Ms. Sandhu did not believe Councillor Fothergill had done anything wrong at all.

Neither of these stories has yet been substantiated.

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