Where does the time go? I was just updating the Liars, Buggers and Thieves site with details of two crooked councillors when I realised that I had no choice but to write an article about one of the cases.
You can read about the corrupt conservative councillor later, meanwhile let us look at the case of Bolton Labour Councillor, Sean Hornby.
Despite admitting using his car as a taxi without an operators license and using his car as a taxi without the correct insurance, he was let of with a caution instead of being prosecuted.
The investigation, that as cost thousands of pounds as now been dropped and the response from the leader of the Labour Council as been as expected.
Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of the Labour Group and Bolton Council, said: “The issue has been dealt with by officers in the appropriate way. There are no implications for Cllr Hornby’s position under the code of conduct for councillors.”Salt in the wound for taxpayers and ratepayers, is that the shamed Councillor has been granted permission to apply for his costs from the Central Fund that is similar to legal aid but for privately funded defences.
Now have a look at how this crime is dealt with when the person involved is not a Labour Councillor.
In Northern Ireland an illegal Taxi driver was banned for two years and fined £1500 pounds.
And more recently, in Wales, South Wales Police, working with the local Council's licensing officers and acting on demands from taxi drivers who work within the law, brought a succesful prosecution against a man who committed an identical offence to the Labour Councillor.
The illegal driver, clearly not a councillor was fined a total of £715 with a 12 months driving disqualification.
Cllr.Hornby is not only a prominent Labour councillor for Little Lever & Darcy Lever but also the Treasurer to none other than the MP for Bolton South East Labour Party Dr Brian Iddon as the below link suggests.
I think we should send our disgust to Dr Iddon via: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/brian_iddon/bolton_south_east
You may also want to check out this piece on this charity theme by him!!
Corrupt Lords, Corrupt MEPs, Corrupt MP's and Corrupt Councillors. When will the sheep people wake up and realise the whole rotten lot need sweeping away and the only chance they have now is the British National Party.