Rutland Anti-Corruption Party's response to Council accusations

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By Sharon_LP | Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 13:37

Following the recent article on OakhamPeople Rutland County Council may take legal action against Anti-Corruption Party and coverage in local press and on BBC Leicester, I contacted Cllr Richard Gale for a response to the following questions:-

Rutland Anti Corruption Party

  • Do you believe that there is corruption at Rutland County Council and if so, what is the nature of that corruption?  
  • What are the names of the councillors at RRC that you believe are corrupt?
  • What is the specific information that you have been unable to obtain from RCC?
  • Why did you name yourselves the Rutland Anti-Corruption Party?
  • How could the current situation be resolved in order to prevent the need for legal intervention?
Cllr Gale did not answer the questions - I assume under advice, but has today furnished OakhamPeople with the following press release:- 

Press release by The Rutland Anti-Corruption Group

"We are three Independent Councillors elected to represent the views and aspirations of the whole community of Rutland.  In times of austerity it is so important to regularly consult with and inform the electorate how Rutland Council spends the reducing amount of money it has to provide services on their behalf. 

"All we have ever done and all we will continue to do is ask for Openness and Transparency in line with current National Government directives.  Despite this we have been denied our statutory right to see minutes of meetings, background information and Reports on Capital projects and other far reaching and significant projects and expenditure.  Such documentation is essential in order to make well informed decisions.  Furthermore, without this openness and transparency we cannot respond to the electorate who want and have a right, to know how their money is spent.

"We will not be deterred by certain false and misleading published information recently about ourselves and no matter how uncomfortable this gets we will continue to ask those questions, as is our duty as elected Councillors, in order to keep the public fully informed."

Cllr Richard Gale

Cllr David Richardson

Cllr Nick Wainwright

Council meeting

There will be a Special Meeting of the Full Council to decide the next steps tomorrow -  Thursday 10 January at the Council Chambers, Catmose, Oakham at 7.00 pm. Members of the public are invited to attend. Documents relating to this meeting can be accessed here.

      

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  • Profile image for Ignatius

    I notice that they don't answer Nora's question 'Do you believe that there is corruption at Rutland County Council and if so, what is the nature of that corruption?'

    The answer is surely either YES or NO. What's their problem, have they nothing to say on the subject?

    By Ignatius at 16:11 on 14/01/13

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  • Profile image for nora_hs

    Interesting article by David Allen Green in the New Statesman "Should public authorities be able to sue for libel?" null

    By nora_hs at 17:38 on 10/01/13

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  • Profile image for Viperone

    I've read it and I can't find any level of truth in the report that there is evidence of corruption at Rutland County Council.

    Why didn't Cllr Gale answer the questions above, which were put to all three of them? Now that the truth is about to come into the public domain for all to see perhaps they will come up with the evidence? Wouldn't you want to put your side to the public. The only thing that they have achieved is confusion and alarm.

    At least one Cllr couldn't care less about his constituents otherwise he spends more time looking after them instead of trying to settle years old scores.

    As for the person above wanting to live in North Korea, or some other closed state suited to his taste, well please go - you will be welcome cannon fodder for North Korean 'National Security Bureau' (Secret Police). They would love him.

    By Viperone at 22:31 on 09/01/13

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  • Profile image for DonHenson

    I must admit that I've struggled to find basic information (which must be available by law) on the Rutland County Council website.

    By DonHenson at 21:26 on 09/01/13

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  • Profile image for NickDiPerna1

    We need to destroy the state before the state destroys us (or turns us all into tax-slaves). All the ruling classes' power is connected to the state. Without the state they wither away:

    http://tinyurl.com/ajq7mjc

    By NickDiPerna1 at 20:47 on 09/01/13

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