Our local councillor Adrian Jones washes his hands of Wirral Council abuse, then passes the buck to Reading Council


The recent history of this ongoing failure:

1 An emergency safeguarding message has been left with our representative on Wirral Council, Seacombe Councillor Adrian Jones – 4th June 2018

2 The causal link between a Wirral Council failure and a safeguarding emergency – 5th June 2018

3 Safeguarding Emergency. An updating email to Councillor Jo Lovelock, Leader of Reading Council – 13th June 2018

4 Reading Council latest. We hate saying “We told you so…” but… – 14th June 2018

5 It looks like holding Wirral and Reading Councils to account is not going to be easy

6 Reading Council latest. The emergency safeguarding situation. Here’s some “Private Eye” cuttings.

7 Thousands endangered in Reading. Here’s the FOI request spelling it all out. Yet still… Wirral Council FAILED

8 It’s “Wirral In It Together” ……as the Wirral Tory Leader closes ranks to march in step with his Labour chums

9 Reading Council Safeguarding emergency. Confirmation of Noone and Fowler’s compromise agreements

Here’s a (rather delayed) response to our recent email asking Councillor Adrian Jones how he would be responding to the safeguarding emergency that has broken out in Reading six years after his and other Labour and Tory councillors’ foreseeable and avoidable negligence in 2012:

From: Jones, Adrian ER. (Councillor) <adrianjones@wirral.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 10:05 AM
Subject: RE: Emergency Safeguarding situation at Reading Council
To: Paul Cardin 
Cc: “Robinson, Eric” <ericrobinson@wirral.gov.uk>

Dear Mr Cardin,

Neither of the former employees to whom you refer was dismissed; they elected to leave the Council of their own volition.   As far as I am aware each individual moved on to employment elsewhere during the years that elapsed since they were employed at Wirral Council. Current employers would almost certainly have undertaken pre-employment checks including the acquisition of up to date references from their most recent employing bodies prior to any appointments being made.  Given the nature of the respective positions any obvious concerns would have been identified at that point.

I understand you are in correspondence direct with Officers of Reading Council.

Best wishes,

Adrian Jones

Councillor for Seacombe Ward, Wirral MBC, embracing:

Egremont, Poulton, Seacombe & Somerville

Presupposing that two abusers are in fact innocent and that there was no abuse of vulnerable people by any Wirral Council employees is in our opinion despicable, and not the conduct one would expect of an elected official who represents the public, dresses as Santa Claus and goes collecting for local charities at Christmas time every year.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

It’s the kind of behaviour that would key into what we and other politically engaged residents of Wirral have always seen and always registered as failure.

After you strip away the Wirral View, Wirral Globe and Liverpool Echo preposterous spin and gloss, it all becomes clear. 

The truth is that Wirral Council is a broken, sordid, basket case, and a crooked realm populated by dodgers, chancers, abusers and by relentless protectors, enablers and rewarders of failure.

In fact the above whitewashing email speaks of a broader, corporate desire to be rather uncharitable, and of a frantic, desperate, ongoing need to compound the damage already done and to continue avoiding all accountability. 

As readers of this blog will be aware, vulnerable, elderly, young and disabled persons are statutorily and rightfully protected in law and would therefore expect their elected representatives to be fighting for their rights, fair treatment and justice as and when they become subjected to abuse by often fraudulent local care organisations who will be “looking after them” in return for large helpings of council tax payers’ cash.

What happened here on Wirral pre 2012 – and since – has proven to be far, far worse than just routine, run-of-the-mill abuse.  The official body entrusted with discharging a statutory protection towards vulnerable people – Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council – failed to protect them.  In fact, it went one step further and one step worse.  It got down and dirty and abused these vulnerable people itself for almost a decade under its then leader Councillor Steve Foulkes, who lied, lurched into cover up mode and later had his crooked local Labour party forced out of power.

We’ve published the following excerpt from an official Wirral Council document many times before, but here it is once again as a reminder.  It forms Wirral Council’s collective, corporate admission to ‘many years’ of abuse of learning disabled people:


Wirral Council leader Steve Foulkes oversaw the theft of £736,756.97 from the bank accounts of learning disabled council tenants over 9 years – and MUCH worse…

The abuse, once exposed, then became linked to the bullying and mobbing of Adult Social Services whistleblower Martin Morton, who was forced out of his job.  The next question we are forced to ask is: precisely WHO carried out this abuse and the associated bullying and mobbing?  Could it have been Martin’s line managers Maura Noone and Mike Fowler?

Long ago, despite years of council stonewalling, the abuse was eventually exposed.

After sifting through endless press articles and hundreds of council documents, knowing that somebody must have done it, the Wirral public and the local blogs arrived at the damning conclusion that yes, the guilty parties behind this horrific council abuse were those that were allowed to escape by failed CEO James Wilkie, just days before the release of the damning Anna Klonowski report:

Mike Fowler and Maura Noone.

In a further, clumsy attempt at concealment, the two Wirral Department of Adult Social Services senior officers were designated the following labels inside the full Anna Klonowski report:

Employee 13 and Employee 22.

The frantic desire to continue hiding this abuse never went away.  And now, in June 2018, thanks to our guilty local councillor Adrian Jones, who was “the Responsible Portfolio Holder” at this crucial 2012 meeting where the dirty deed was done, we now have a clear and present danger unfolding in Reading.

Jones was deeply involved in protecting two abusers, and now has a refreshed and renewed desire to continue seeking to cover up. Being fully complicit, he wants this latest unwelcome development to disappear from view.

Because these abusers were never intercepted and disciplined by their employer – who had a duty to protect the public – they were never prevented from landing future jobs which now permit them to re-abuse.

We now have a situation where thousands of vulnerable UK people have been endangered once more and unless Reading’s councillors (and the Brook Charity trustees) DO something, the abusers are still at liberty to get stuck in and do what they like.

How the hell can this be allowed to happen?

Maura Noone became Head of Adult Care at Reading Council

Mike Fowler became a senior finance person at the Brook Young People Charity

Neither the Wirral Globe nor the Liverpool Echo are bothering to report on these events, which can be traced back to the dangerous consequences of Wirral Council’s failure to act in January 2012.

The above two newspapers were keen to report on this abuse in the past because it gave them the kind of sordid headlines that boosted sales figures and put the journos in line for awards.

But now, how times have changed.

Abusive councils have been tucked up in bed with them, schmoozing, receiving gifts and hospitality, getting closer and closer, before eventually capturing media organisations such as “Newsquest” and “Reach” (formerly Trinity Mirror) the length and breadth of the country. So with no healthy separation between the reporters and the reported upon, society suffers. 

And no matter how often the guilty media orgs change their names, the shit will begin to stick, the stench will rise and the pathetic creatures involved will start to whiff of:

” – sorry, no can do – we’re council bedmates – we give out meals, drinks and football tickets – we’ve been got at – “

A good case in point is the alleged racism of Councillor Steve Foulkes’ wife, reported in Private Eye last year, but despite everybody knowing about it far and wide, this alleged crime by a former leader and former mayor’s wife didn’t merit a line in Merseyside’s captured local press.

We wonder what can it possibly be that’s securing your sickly, obedient, fawning behaviour around Wirral Council’s abusive staff these days, Leigh Marles !?

The Wirral Globe receives much standard, lucrative advertising from the council, and are now held over a barrel because the council has the option of curtailing this arrangement in favour of using its own preferred outlet Wirral View. 

Public money lavished on Wirral Globe wraparound adverts

wirral council wraparaound ads cost and FOI request


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11 Responses to Our local councillor Adrian Jones washes his hands of Wirral Council abuse, then passes the buck to Reading Council

  1. Will Redfearn says:

    I left the madhouse that was Adult Social Services on New Years Eve 2009 after over 30 years and the rot was evident then! The rot started after the appointment of Kevin ‘Windy’ Miller who really didn’t have a clue and was an embarrassment at the Chief Officers Group and also made a few diplomatic gaffs at a European project meeting! His great work was continued by his successor Curly Watts double!
    It distresses me to see Wirral destroy the valuable work undertaken by the voluntary sector in support of Wirral and it still goes on lately with the debacle over O licences for CT operators!
    It really is a Rotten Borough!


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