Exclusive – the Standards Panel Findings are in for Wirral Tory Councillor David Burgess-Joyce

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The perceived racist / offensive nature of the above tweet, sent on 16th July 2019 caused ourselves and 6 other people to lodge complaints with Wirral Council.


The panel’s findings 

In brief…

  • The tweet was made in Councillor Burgess-Joyce’s official capacity as a Wirral Councillor
  • The tweet was highly offensive to David Lammy MP
  • The tweet was intended to cause offence
  • David Lammy MP was not treated with due respect
  • The words used fell outside the protections of Article 10 of the Human Rights Act
  • There was a breach of the Standards Code

Link to Standards Panel meeting:

https://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=751&MId=8322


Here are two of our recent tweets, which pinpoint the hypocrisy of our local right-wing Labour Councillor, Paul Stuart, who was only too happy to unwittingly point out his own hypocrisy for all to see at the above meeting:

And for those wondering why we – in our official complaint – regarded Councillor David-Burgess’ tweet as ‘criminally racist’ – a position now rescinded – didn’t report it to the police…

…we, unlike Councillor Stuart and Angela Eagle MP, didn’t drop everything and run to the media in the next heartbeat to further a malevolent, nasty, political vendetta i.e. #Brickgate.


The sanction(s) to be applied to Councillor Burgess-Joyce are not yet decided. 

Don’t go to the Tory newspapers. They’re awaiting the nod from Wirral Council, which would then give them the clearance they require to report the news.

So you’ll be out of luck…🙄

Watch this space… 😎


Wirral Council spent nine years plundering the bank accounts of a large number of Angela Eagle MP’s learning disabled constituents – total sitting ducks – who were in no position to defend themselves from this local authority, an abusive, “statutory protector”.

Eagle, for her part, fell silent, probably because the abuse was being meted out by her own political ‘brothers in arms’ i.e. local members of the Labour Party’s nutty, right-wing, bloodstained, Blairite tendency.

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And in their accustomed, frantic desire to manage their damaged corporate reputation, Wirral Council decided to hold the above highly sensitive meeting in a nice, quiet backroom with NO CAMERA FACILITIES.

So much for welcoming in a new era of openness and transparency eh, readers?

Luckily, John Brace turned up to film MOST of the meeting. Sadly, the important bit at the end, the delivery of the damning verdict, is missing.

https://johnbrace.com/councillor-david-burgess-joyce-apologetic-to-wirral-councils-standards-panel-for-racist-tweet-following-7-complaints-by-members-of-the-public/

Apologies for the poor sound quality throughout.

This could have been avoided if Wirral Council had considered their own, oft-stated obligation to the overriding public interest, filmed it, and streamed it on their website.

In which case it would have been CRYSTAL CLEAR and professionally broadcast, but that simply wouldn’t do, would it…………?


 

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Campaigner for open government. Wants senior public servants to be honest and courageous. It IS possible!
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