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News and Comment November 2012

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9 November (Part 1) - Mr. Chris Loynes

Over the past 24 hours a number of reports (since confirmed) suggested that Mr. Chris Loynes, Bexley council’s former Head of Members’ Services has sadly died. Mr. Loynes time with Bexley council overlapped my interest for only a short time. I recall seeing him as a bearded gentleman at my first council meeting in 2010 but he didn’t merit a mention until he took a leading role in ignoring Eric Pickles’ February 2011 guidance letter about open government. Bexley council as is well known instantly faced the other way and Mr. Loynes found himself having to enforce the new rules. He was also in the unfortunate position of taking Elwyn Bryant’s booking to see the Register of Members’ Interests in May 2011 and presumably the source of that appointment information leaking to the obscene blogger.

Mr. Loynes left Bexley council’s employment a little over a year ago and was not a well man at the time. His job was not an enviable one; defending and supporting councillors while knowing exactly how some behave must have been more than a little stressful at times. My associates and I offer our condolences to his friends and family on their loss.


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