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News and Comment October 2012

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10 October (Part 3) - Who at Bexley council is breaking the law this time?

Members' interestsThis notice is bang up to date. It is displayed on Bexley council’s website and Akin Alabi is their relatively new Monitoring Officer. He is Bexley’s top legal man and presumably knows the law. He says that “The register [of members’ interests] is available for inspection Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.”. The reality is rather different.

This morning John Kerlen (aka Olly Cromwell) dropped into the Contact Centre and was told he could sling his hook. He wasn’t allowed to look at the Register as is his legal right. It wasn’t a case of the Contact Centre staff being stupid, they were helpful and called the Head of Committee Services. Who answered? Well probably Kevin Fox. Emails to the Head of Members’ Services are getting the 'Out of Office’ treatment today.

How can one overpaid man be such an idiot that he breaks the law? Needs time to cook the book I expect. Open and transparent councils have the document on their websites.


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