Councillor's email demanding resignation of John Beesley won't be made public (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Councillor's email demanding resignation of John Beesley won't be made public
AN OPPOSITION deputy leader has been denied his second appeal for an email to be made public concerning the leader of Bournemouth Borough Council’s relationship with disgraced planning agent Tony Ramsden.
Lib Dem councillor Roger West circulated an email in July calling for the resignation of council leader John Beesley.
The email included details of Cllr Beesley’s relationship with Ramsden, who was jailed for 10 months in September, to support the claim that the council leader gave incorrect information when asked to declare any interest in the scheme.
Cllr Beesley said the email was “false and misleading” at the full council meeting in July and that the council’s monitoring officer had said his declarations of interests were made correctly.
At the latest full council meeting on Tuesday, Cllr West challenged the minutes of the July meeting for a second time, asking for his email to be included along with the leader’s statement. The Lib Dem deputy leader previously challenged the minutes of the July meeting at the council meeting on September 17, but said he misunderstood because of the poor sound system and thought his request had been accepted.
Cllr West said: “I think it is absolutely appalling that the email has not been included in the official records.
“Am I to go down in history as someone who makes false and misleading statements? I want to protect my name.”
Monitoring Officer Tanya Coulter said: “The full council would have needed to give its consent for the minutes to be changed, it did not because the minutes reflected exactly what was said by the leader in his statement.
“These matters were extensively reviewed by the independent First Tier Tribunal (Local Government Standards in England), chaired by a Judge.
“There is nothing in these recent comments that requires further investigation.” Cllr Beesley did not wish to provide further comment.
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