Bournemouth councillor Roger West still waiting for internet access after being accused of passing on confidential emails

Councillor Roger West

Councillor Roger West

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A BOURNEMOUTH councillor accused of circulating confidential information is still waiting to get his internet and email access reinstated – four months after the case concluded.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Roger West was accused of passing on a confidential email to a third party last year.

His council email and internet access were suspended and he was referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office. (ICO) However, although the ICO decided in February to take no further action, Cllr West is still waiting to get back online.

He is seriously ill after being diagnosed with cancer of the jaw and said he needs to have his access restored so he can work from home.

Bournemouth council states they were “about to offer” to reinstate his access in February when group leader Cllr Carol Ainge said he was ill and should not be contacted.

Cllr Ainge disputes this, saying she has asked several times for Cllr West’s access to be reinstated.

Cllr West, who represents Redhill and Northbourne, said: “I think it’s completely unacceptable. I cannot do my job and represent my residents properly without internet and email access.”

Cllr Ainge said: “I was told the council was “holding everything off” until Roger was better, I assumed they meant they weren’t going to take any further action against him while he was so unwell.

“I asked them two to three weeks ago to reinstate his access but have had no reply.”

Council chief executive Tony Williams confirmed they were told in February the ICO would not take further action because it was satisfied the council had done all it could to manage the breach.

“We were about to offer to reinstate Councillor West’s council internet and email access subject to a number of conditions, when we were advised by his group leader that he had fallen very ill, and that we should not contact him further,” he said.

“We have been advised by his group leader this week that he is now well enough for us to resolve matters with him as regards this issue. We have therefore written to him today to advise him of our wish to reinstate his access to his council email subject to him agreeing to comply with council policies in the use and sharing of electronic information.”

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6:12am Tue 10 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Who can believe them ?.
Who can believe them ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 5

6:55am Tue 10 Jun 14

Phixer says...

pete woodley wrote:
Who can believe them ?.
The voters, apparently.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Who can believe them ?.[/p][/quote]The voters, apparently. Phixer
  • Score: 4

7:29am Tue 10 Jun 14

ben111 says...

Just another reason i dont vote, i dont have an opinion on politics, Im just tired of all the stories, nothing has changed in the last 200 years, we are gonig to do this for the country, oposition , we are still clearing up the mess from the previouse party. and on and on and on, YYYYAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWN
Just another reason i dont vote, i dont have an opinion on politics, Im just tired of all the stories, nothing has changed in the last 200 years, we are gonig to do this for the country, oposition , we are still clearing up the mess from the previouse party. and on and on and on, YYYYAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWN ben111
  • Score: -4

7:32am Tue 10 Jun 14

Jetwasher says...

Another one on the fiddle !
Another one on the fiddle ! Jetwasher
  • Score: -7

7:38am Tue 10 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Baysider wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
Have an enquiry and see who is lying and make it independent and sack the the people that think the general public believe the ludicrous explanation.it what happens in the real world..
What's ludicrous? Would an IT bod take the decision to withhold his access off their own back? I don't think so. At best someone's got their wires crossed, if not Cllr Ainge has hung the staff responsible out to dry by denying she asked for it to be kept off. I expect there will be a record of that request somewhere too.

Nice early use of the 'wouldn't happen in the real world' cliché btw. Thankfully no one has ever made a mistake or done anything wrong in the entire history of the private sector...oh wait...
An indipendant inquiry would determine if it was a mistake or wrong doing.the real world is not necessary the private sector .The NHS,police And most public services have have more accountability.this involves two sets of councillors disputing each others versions of events ,they don't need defending they need to get the story believable
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Have an enquiry and see who is lying and make it independent and sack the the people that think the general public believe the ludicrous explanation.it what happens in the real world..[/p][/quote]What's ludicrous? Would an IT bod take the decision to withhold his access off their own back? I don't think so. At best someone's got their wires crossed, if not Cllr Ainge has hung the staff responsible out to dry by denying she asked for it to be kept off. I expect there will be a record of that request somewhere too. Nice early use of the 'wouldn't happen in the real world' cliché btw. Thankfully no one has ever made a mistake or done anything wrong in the entire history of the private sector...oh wait...[/p][/quote]An indipendant inquiry would determine if it was a mistake or wrong doing.the real world is not necessary the private sector .The NHS,police And most public services have have more accountability.this involves two sets of councillors disputing each others versions of events ,they don't need defending they need to get the story believable kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

7:49am Tue 10 Jun 14

djd says...

It's his fault...no it's her fault...no it's their fault. If they can't sort out internet access what confidence can we have in them running the Council.
It's his fault...no it's her fault...no it's their fault. If they can't sort out internet access what confidence can we have in them running the Council. djd
  • Score: 7

8:14am Tue 10 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

Kick em while they are down.
Kick em while they are down. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

10:31am Tue 10 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Cancer of the jaw, very unusual.
Cancer of the jaw, very unusual. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -2

11:54am Thu 12 Jun 14

G from Kinson says...

Best wishes to Roger for a full recovery.A good Councillor!
Best wishes to Roger for a full recovery.A good Councillor! G from Kinson
  • Score: -1

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