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Bonkers Blog January 2016

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

20 January (Part 1) - Someone must know and could help secure justice

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.

My new IT expert friend surprised me immensely when he said that including Retweets and Facebook shares, Bexley is Bonkers was sometimes reaching 70,000 people. I shall regard it as a peak figure but nevertheless it is far higher than the 5,000 or so regulars who I believed came to the website directly. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the release of those figures and the BiB Facebook page being taken down were connected in some way, indeed Mr. ErithLink thinks it is very likely.

It occurs to me that if BiB can reach tens of thousands of people it may be able to reach friends and neighbours of the lady who unfortunately fell victim to the financial advantage that Councillor Maxine Fothergill is said to have conferred upon herself.

It seems probable that an estate agent landlord has not gone around making an excess of friends, so who would like to spill the beans? The Contact Form is absolutely anonymous if the sender fields are not completed, so what is stopping you? Doesn’t the alleged behaviour warrant a proper investigation and justice?

Since they are proving popular here’s a couple more FOIs from Michael Barnbrook.

Please provide a copy of the recommendations made by Mr Kenneth Atmore, Investigating Officer, into allegations made against Councillor Maxine Fothergill, as a result of his investigation of those allegations.

The Independent Person’s appointment expired in May 2015 and the post was not re-advertised. Hence…

Please provide a copy of the document appointing Rebecca Sandhu as Independent Person.


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