THE CHIEF Executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, who has for some time been the target of allegations relating to a so-called “climate of fear” in the islands, has been suspended from duties.

The suspension of Philip Hygate, which was described as “a neutral act” in a council statement, followed a private meeting of the authority’s policy and resources committee earlier this week.

Accompanied by a lawyer, Mr Hygate, who was the youngest first officer in the authority’s 100-year-plus history, had attended the meeting chaired by Councillor Amanda Martin with the one agenda item, “staffing issues”.

It had been called on the basis of allegations against Mr Hygate’s conduct and certain council procedures under his direction, which are believed to relate to issues ranging from an alleged “climate of fear” stemming from the Town Hall to an accumulated leave matter and the controversial suspension last May of the former island school head teacher.

The suspension of Mr Hygate from his £110,000-a-year post is pending the outcome of an investigation into these allegations.

Mrs Martin referred to the island community being “rife with unease”.

Read on: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Council-suspends-pound-110k-chief-executive/story-17211110-detail/story.html


Further reading: School Employee Alleges Council Boss Had Her Spied On



A LLANELLI councillor faces an Ombudsman investigation over alleged offensive tweeting.

Councillor John Jenkins, who represents the Elli ward of the town, has been reported to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales for a series of tweets he made on his personal Twitter account.

The tweets, posted over the last few months, made reference to a sex toy, joked about paedophilia and referred to a well-known footballer as a “budding pervert”.

But Councillor Jenkins has refused to apologise for what he has labelled as a “smear campaign” against him.

A report which appeared in the press yesterday made reference to a tweet from Councillor John Jenkins which addressed a friend, Jessica Harries.

In response to a tweet from Miss Harries which said: “I really need to earn some money. Fast. Sensible tips please”, the councillor initially tweeted: “There’s a horse going in Sandown tomorrow.”

She then tweeted: “Not gambling”, to which he responded: “Prostitution? On a serious note, good money in being in an escort.”

But he said the tweets were meant as “harmless banter between friends”.

He added: “There were three jokey tweets between friends, none of whom were remotely offended.

“No doubt I’ve annoyed some people high up on the greasy pole of politics who have attempted to smear me from behind a cowardly cloak of anonymity.

“The jokes weren’t open for everyone to see — only my friends had access to my tweets and someone has had to go to a lot of effort to trawl through all my communications to find three pretty innocuous tweets to dress up as controversial.

“In short, I do not see the need to apologise as the friends with whom the banter was exchanged were not offended.

Read on: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Llanelli-councillor-John-Jenkins-face-probe/story-16641579-detail/story.html

ARTICLE: M.P.s Demands Free Food

PAMPERED MPs want free meals after complaining of MICE and “stinking” cut-price grub in the Commons.

They want taxpayers to pick up the entire bill for all they scoff.

Many complain of “weird” menus served up in “Soviet-style” restaurants INFESTED with mice — and say the food is not worth paying for. But taxpayers fork out£5.8MILLION a year to subsidise their meals.

One MP wrote: “I saw a mouse in the Members’ Tea Room about which I made comment to a member of staff. The member of staff was pretty matter of fact — to the point that I got the impression that the sight of a rodent was par for the course!”

Scores moaned about the standard of their heavily-subsidised food in a survey of politicians and their staff.

They whinged about the wine waiters and complained that coffee bar staff did not know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte.

The complaints about the cheap meals and wine at Westminster come in a survey of MPs and their staff conducted by private pollsters — costing taxpayers another £27,790.

Details obtained under Freedom of Information laws lay bare the full extent of the dissatisfaction. A typical meal — rib-eye steak with hand-cut chips and Béarnaise sauce — costs two quid — £7.80, less a taxpayers’ subsidy of £5.92.

But one MP whinged: “The restaurants are Soviet-style. Vegetables are horrendously overcooked, meat is often raw.

“Sandwiches taste like they have been frozen for three months. It’s a shocker.”

Another blasted: “The food is really starting to stink.”


(2012) Ex-U.K.I. P. Nikki Sinclaire M.E.P. -ARRESTED FOR EXPENSES FRAUD

An independent MEP has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament for allegedly claiming road mileage but travelling on a much cheaper flight.

Nikki Sinclaire, from Meriden, West Midlands, was quizzed by detectives from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit over allegations about her allowance and expense claims.

Miss Sinclaire, who was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands in June 2009, was arrested at a Birmingham police station last night.

She had the UKIP whip withdrawn in 2010 following rows over policy, but continues to represent the region in the European Parliament as an independent.

Three other people, two women and a 19-year-old man, were also arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham.

All four have now been released on police bail.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said last night: ‘West Midlands Police Economic Crime Unit have today arrested four people on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.

‘Two women, aged 55 and 39, and a man aged 19 were arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham this morning, while a 43 year-old woman was later arrested at a police station in Birmingham. All four remain in custody this evening.

‘The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation which followed an allegation made in 2010 into allowances and expenses.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105274/MEP-Nikki-Sinclaire-arrested-expenses-fraud.html#ixzz1nR8RJeQS