Council leader in BBC row

Council leader in BBC row

Council leader in BBC row

First published in News Crewe Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A ROW has erupted between the BBC and the leader of Cheshire East Council (CEC) over remarks he allegedly made during a conference in Chester on February 2.

CEC leader Michael Jones has denied a report that he said of his senior council officers: “we’re pushing them out...because they’re not good enough.”

The incident follows an announcement that all management positions at CEC were being ‘deleted’ in the wake of the Lyme Green fiasco, and that senior staff would have to reapply for their positions.

BBC reporter Arif Ansari attributed the quotes to Clr Jones via social media network, Twitter.

Mr Ansari tweeted the quote live from the Cheshire Wirral Area Conservative Conference, where Clr Jones was one of the speakers.

Clr Jones denies making the remark.

A BBC spokesman said: “Arif Ansari attended the Cheshire and Wirral Conservative Conference on Saturday and tweeted several statements made by speakers there. He stands by all of his tweets reporting from the open meeting.”

Meanwhile, Clr Jones has confirmed he will stump up the £1,000 CEC spent on their stall at the conference.

A spokesman for Cheshire East denied the council had sponsored the event, but had exhibited a stand ‘to convey a specific message’ to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles, that Cheshire East ‘does not want speculative, unsustainable and unplanned housing developments.’

The spokesman said: “The expenditure on the stand was authorised by the council leader Michael Jones who has offered to reimburse these costs to the Council.”

Clr Jones added: “I thought the message to the Minister was worth it, especially as just one appeal costs in the region of £100,000.

“The message was that the Council is working hard for the people of Cheshire East promoting plan-led and jobs-led sustainable development.”

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11:04am Sat 9 Feb 13

FrankFisher says...

chaelonthelane, if you read this, i wonder if you might drop me a line at frank@frankfisher.or
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chaelonthelane, if you read this, i wonder if you might drop me a line at frank@frankfisher.or g FrankFisher
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8:33am Sun 10 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

....................
.sorry frank, don't know who you are.
.................... .sorry frank, don't know who you are. chapelonthelane
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10:55am Sun 10 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

..............or do I ?
..............or do I ? chapelonthelane
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11:01am Mon 11 Feb 13

FreedomFighter123 says...

I have one flyer before it was taken down: I cannot upload the document. But it states:

Our Sponsers

Chester Tandoori
jamSound
Cheshire East Council
mPloy Solutions
WE THANK THEM.
If you would like to know about sponsorship pls email info@cw13.co.uk
#CW13 Conference
This is a brand new event and one I hope
will be a great success and regular feature
in Cheshire and Wirral’s calendar.
With so much going in our Town Halls,
Westminster and Brussels it will provide an
excellant opportunity to reflect and
understand what we are doing and why.
I must thank our sponsors who have
helped keep the costs down for this event
& I hope the great pricing attracts many
members from far & wide.
CW13 has an impressive lineup of guests
& I look forward to welcoming them as I
do you. Tut Tut.
I have one flyer before it was taken down: I cannot upload the document. But it states: Our Sponsers Chester Tandoori jamSound Cheshire East Council mPloy Solutions WE THANK THEM. If you would like to know about sponsorship pls email info@cw13.co.uk #CW13 Conference This is a brand new event and one I hope will be a great success and regular feature in Cheshire and Wirral’s calendar. With so much going in our Town Halls, Westminster and Brussels it will provide an excellant opportunity to reflect and understand what we are doing and why. I must thank our sponsors who have helped keep the costs down for this event & I hope the great pricing attracts many members from far & wide. CW13 has an impressive lineup of guests & I look forward to welcoming them as I do you. Tut Tut. FreedomFighter123
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11:44am Mon 11 Feb 13

Deep Throat II says...

In relation to sponsorship, doesn't this break the Code of Conduct for Councillors? I thought that you weren't allowed to use taxpayers' money for party political purposes? And since it was a wholly party political conference, that this is therefore self-evidently an abuse of the rules? Does Cheshire East's leader think he is above the rules which his own party have introduced into Cheshire East?

As for calling a respected BBC journalist a liar, well, there well lots of Cllr Jones colleagues at the event, I am sure they will be prepared to support him if Arif Ansari lied. Or is their silence rather pointed - they are hanging Michael Jones out to dry for not telling the whole truth?
In relation to sponsorship, doesn't this break the Code of Conduct for Councillors? I thought that you weren't allowed to use taxpayers' money for party political purposes? And since it was a wholly party political conference, that this is therefore self-evidently an abuse of the rules? Does Cheshire East's leader think he is above the rules which his own party have introduced into Cheshire East? As for calling a respected BBC journalist a liar, well, there well lots of Cllr Jones colleagues at the event, I am sure they will be prepared to support him if Arif Ansari lied. Or is their silence rather pointed - they are hanging Michael Jones out to dry for not telling the whole truth? Deep Throat II
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12:29pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Edward Hunter says...

If you're going to deny saying something it is advisable not to have opened your mouth in a conference with journalists present. Perhaps the Tory Councillors will give judgement soon when they vote for who they want to be their Leader for the next 12 months. Cllr Jones was made Tory leader in mid March last year and Leader in May. If he loses as group leader next month his power will have gone to mess more things up.
If you're going to deny saying something it is advisable not to have opened your mouth in a conference with journalists present. Perhaps the Tory Councillors will give judgement soon when they vote for who they want to be their Leader for the next 12 months. Cllr Jones was made Tory leader in mid March last year and Leader in May. If he loses as group leader next month his power will have gone to mess more things up. Edward Hunter
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7:04pm Mon 11 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

............I am getting a little worried about Michael Edward Jones as he appears to be getting a little forgetful. If you tell lies, you have to have a good memory, you cannot continue to deny everything you wished you hadn't said. For goodness sake, put your brain in gear before opening your mouth, will you ever learn man?
............I am getting a little worried about Michael Edward Jones as he appears to be getting a little forgetful. If you tell lies, you have to have a good memory, you cannot continue to deny everything you wished you hadn't said. For goodness sake, put your brain in gear before opening your mouth, will you ever learn man? chapelonthelane
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7:40pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Edward Hunter says...

I think you right about his memory, the best cure I think would be a nice long holiday in the Bahamas or British Virgin Islands so he can visit his loved ones - his money (if he still has it there ) and there is no need to buy a return ticket. I'm sure the good old CE taxpayer would be willing to allow him to buy the ticket on his expenses as long as he sends the local media a picture of him in his economy class seat or better still send us a video of him getting in and out of the seat as we could receive £250 back from You've Been Framed.
I think you right about his memory, the best cure I think would be a nice long holiday in the Bahamas or British Virgin Islands so he can visit his loved ones - his money (if he still has it there ) and there is no need to buy a return ticket. I'm sure the good old CE taxpayer would be willing to allow him to buy the ticket on his expenses as long as he sends the local media a picture of him in his economy class seat or better still send us a video of him getting in and out of the seat as we could receive £250 back from You've Been Framed. Edward Hunter
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9:24pm Tue 12 Feb 13

chapelonthelane says...

So Michael Edward Jones and some of 'rent a crowd' thought I was going to help pay for a night out at the CW13 conference did they.............wha
t a good job Jones has offered to pay back the £1000 he thought CEC council tax payers were going to cough up to help pay for their enjoyable evening. I see The Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins was there too who was awarded a knighthood for playing/watching cricket with John Major! Can't make it up can you? Better not start me off about him ghastly man.
So Michael Edward Jones and some of 'rent a crowd' thought I was going to help pay for a night out at the CW13 conference did they.............wha t a good job Jones has offered to pay back the £1000 he thought CEC council tax payers were going to cough up to help pay for their enjoyable evening. I see The Rt Hon Sir Robert Atkins was there too who was awarded a knighthood for playing/watching cricket with John Major! Can't make it up can you? Better not start me off about him ghastly man. chapelonthelane
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