Spotlight On ERYC Chairman Councillor Pat Smith

Next under the spotlight is the East Riding of Yorkshire (ERYC) Chairman Tory Councillor Pat Smith, who demonstrates what a poor role model she is. I submit the following to the Court of Public Opinion.

ERYC Chairman Councillor Pat Smith

In response to the lawful Subject Access Request that I made to her, Pat responded in the hilarious way introduced by Cllr Meredith and went even further.

Before I proceed is it me or have I seen this email before?

Email From Cllr Richard Meredith

What kind of a role model for children is the ERYC Chairman when she has clearly copied from the person on the next desk? I despair. Do you not remember what the teacher told you many years ago Pat? If you are going to copy do not copy from a fool who has the wrong answer or you will be caught out. You Madam Chair have been caught out! Pat for future reference 1.43pm is not morning.

Ok if you insist Pat here goes. Hold tight this will continue to be a very bumpy ride.

  • Stage One – You need to thank the outgoing Deputy Leader and fellow Tory Mike Stathers for sending the infamous email with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this came into my possession.

  • Stage Two – You next need to thank ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey for sending her infamous email again with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this also came into my possession.

The stupidity and incompetence of the ERYC Chairman did not stop there. After stating that she held none of my Data on Monday 19 April Pat then rushes to delete unlawfully held Data on Sunday 25 April.

Not once but twice!

This generated two “Not Read” receipts that I submit to the Court Of Public opinion.

Please do educate me Madam Chair. Does this mean you have breached legislation? Or in simple terms “broke the law”? What a poor role model you are Madam Chair. Thankfully next week you will be stepping down.

Polite Suggestions

  1. To prevent any further embarrassment don’t report yourself to ICO.
  2. Learn about the Whistleblowing Policy and the relevant legislation instead of crying a Data breach.
  3. Educate yourself regards Data legislation. I am unable to contact you via your eastriding.gov.uk email address as to do so would result in an immediate breach of my Data. Surely you are not condoning such actions? I will let you work out why.
  4. If you must copy from the child on the next desk make sure they are not the second thickest in the class.
  5. Look in the mirror and ask yourself what example are you setting for children.
  6. Do not claim to have no Data then generate “Not Read” receipts.
  7. Never forgot what our Grannies told us. Best thought a fool than…

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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Spotlight On Councillor Richard Meredith

Next under the spotlight is Tory Councillor Richard Meredith who displays a level of intelligence that suggests his private education was a wasted investment. I submit the following to the Court of Public Opinion.

Councillor Richard Meredith

My first experience as to the IQ level of Richard was when he, along with every other Tory and Labour Cllr in a Council meeting, voted to welcome a report that never existed.  It would appear that a couple of years later Cllr Meredith is still not the brightest light bulb in the room.

In response to the lawful Subject Access Request that I made to him, Richard responded in the most hilarious way possible.

Ok if you insist Richard here goes.

  • Stage One – You need to thank the outgoing Deputy Leader and fellow Tory Mike Stathers for sending the infamous email with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this came into my possession.

  • Stage Two – You next need to thank ERYC Chief Executive Caroline Lacey for sending her infamous email again with your email address included.

As per the Whistleblowing policy, this also came into my possession.

  • Stage 3 – A little drum roll – you have to thank yourself for sending me the email above in response to my Subject Access Request. This confirmed which email address was yours as up to that point I was unaware.

Polite Suggestions

  1. To prevent any further embarrassment don’t report yourself to ICO. But I must admit reporting yourself for breaching your own Data is rather unique.
  2. Learn about the Whistleblowing Policy and the relevant legislation instead of crying a Data breach.
  3. Educate yourself regards Data legislation. I am unable to contact you via your eastriding.gov.uk email address as to do so would result in an immediate breach of my Data. Surely you are not condoning such actions? I will let you work out why.
  4. Never forgot what our Grannies told us. Best thought a fool than…

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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Spotlight On Councillor Gary McMaster

As promised in Tory Councillors Lack Humility And Understanding I now commence exposing the deplorable conduct of certain East Riding of Yorkshire (ERYC) Conservative Councillors to the Court of Public Opinion.

ERYC Cabinet Member – Cllr Gary McMaster

I will begin with ERYC Cabinet member for Planning Gary McMaster who sent the response below to my lawful Subject Access Request that I made to him.

To claim that I will not receive anything from him is not only in breach of Data legislation but also the ERYC Code of Conduct.

Unfortunately over the last couple of months, the conduct of Cllr McMaster has demonstrated that he is not fit to be a Cllr never mind a Cabinet member. For example, at a recent Zoom meeting, he was recorded whooping and clapping when a Liberal Democrat Councillor was muted. It is alleged he also said: “fuck him“.

Please read Whooping Councillor Regrets F-Bomb – Hull Daily Mail

I am at a loss why Gary believes he can conduct himself in such a manner especially with me as I:

  • Have extensive knowledge of the relevant Data legislation
  • Know the ERYC Code of Conduct inside out
  • Am fully aware of the inner workings of the Tory Group
  • Can publish to a wide audience and
  • Will never be intimidated especially by a Tory hooligan

Given the above how would Cllr McMaster communicate with other members of the public?

It would appear that the time has come for Cllr McMaster to be removed from the Cabinet as his conduct is inexcusable while his failure with Planning is a disgrace.

Ironically not only did I receive the email above I received a second email from Gary three days later stating “I hold no information or data on you”. So that would be two things I have received from Gary! Looks like he had his wrist slapped by you know who!

Further Information

Thankfully Cllr Stathers has been removed from his role of ERYC Deputy Leader.

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Tory Councillors Lack Humility And Understanding

Having received over half of the responses to my Subject Access Request to East Riding Councillors it would appear that certain East Riding of Yorkshire (ERYC) Tory Councillors lack humility and understanding.

I would like to start on a positive note by praising those Tory Councillors who have demonstrated politeness and humility in their response:

  1. Cllr Jonathan Owen – New ERYC Leader
  2. Cllr John Holtby – New ERYC Deputy Leader
  3. Cllr Jane Evison – Former Cabinet Member
  4. Cllr Mike Medini
  5. Cllr Brian Skow
  6. Cllr Paul Lisseter (currently suspended and an Independent Independent)

Although my political opinions, to varying degrees, may be different to the above six I would be of the opinion that all six, based on their response, should be considered for the new Cabinet.

Moving forward I will expose numerous Tory Councillors whose conduct resembles that of drunken yobs shouting at each other across the main road to the Court of Public Opinion. They have demonstrated a complete disconnect between the public and their elected duties. Perhaps they should reconsider what the Code of Conduct means when it states treating others with respect.

I reference a great Buddhist Teacher:

“One of the advantages of humility is that it enables us to learn from everyone. A proud person cannot learn from other people because he feels he already knows better than they”

Those who become elated when praised or miserable and angry when criticized were referred to by Buddha as:

“the childish”

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ERYC Leadership Gone For A Burton

Having published ERYC Leader Going For A Burton on 28 March 2021 I can confirm exactly one month later that the ERYC Leadership has indeed gone for a Burton. Anyone would think I am clairvoyant!

New ERYC Leader Cllr Jonathan Owen

Yesterday Cllr Jonathan Owen became the new East Riding of Yorkshire Council Leader and Cllr John Holtby replaced bully boy Cllr Mike Stathers as Deputy Leader.

I have congratulated them both on their success as I believe that they are both the right people for the roles. Over the past year, many have spoken to me highly of Jonathan and I always had time for John when we overlapped.

I appreciate they will have both found my approach rather difficult in the past. With my current campaigner/political commentator hat on I am sure we will have differences of opinion moving forward. I would happily meet with either Jonathan or John for a coffee.

To move forward the Conservative Group will now need to address the failure/conduct of:

  • Cllr Felicity Temple – her inability to move from the school playground has resulted in the bullying culture that plagues the Conservative Group and ERYC.
  • Cllr Julie Abraham – her failure with Children Services was highlighted with the damning Ofsted Report.
  • Cllr Gary McMaster – he must take responsibility for the recent Planning failure. Gary never adjusted to his role on the Cabinet that has resulted in an unpleasant change of character for a person I once respected.

NB: I can confirm that rumors of Paul Lisseter joining the Liberal Democrats are incorrect.

Further Information

I expect many noted the deliberate red herring in relation to Cllr Felicity Temple. This elicited the required information and response!

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Councillor Paul Lisseter – Shoot The Messenger

As expected, and rightly so, Councillor Paul Lisseter, former ERYC Conservative, has stepped forward to challenge his suspension.

Councillor Paul Lisseter

Please read Shoot The Messenger – Yorkshire Post

I take my hat off to Paul for his integrity and wish him well in his endeavours.

Ironically Paul will no longer sit on Scrutiny Committees he was once part of. This is clearly a case of shoot the messenger nothing to see here.

I wonder if rumours about Paul joining the Liberal Democrats are correct?

I would suggest that the Tory Group should at the very least “suspend” Tory Group assassin Councillor Felicity Temple, aka Head Girl, who was clearly instrumental behind the attack on Paul. Her actions reflect a Tory Group at County Hall that has clearly gone rogue.

Please tell me Felicity how are Children Services, Planning and Pensions doing?

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ERYC Forced To Publish Damning Documents

ERYC Head of Legal Mathew Buckley has failed in his year-long attempt to unlawful deny an East Riding resident access to information in relation to children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in breach of the Freedom of Information Act.

ERYC Head of Legal Mathew Buckley

Please read ICO Decision Notice – 11 March 2021

East Riding residents will note that Mathew demonstrates a lack of understanding as to the required legislation. I would politely suggest to Mathew how his actions have wasted taxpayers resources, caused unnecessary stress to Parent Carers of SEND children and potentially caused additional suffering to vulnerable children.

Context

If ERYC had released the 68 documents in 2017 to Parent Carers of disabled and vulnerable young people the same issues being raised in 2021 could have been addressed four years prior. This would have meant that Parent Carers could have challenged ERYC. Instead, SEND  families have been left in turmoil.

Many ERYC Councillors have been sent individual families cases but sadly have failed to act. This contributed in 2020 to ERYC receiving a damning Ofsted Report. This could have been prevented if these 68 documents had been released in 2017.

Councillors – At Your Service

The ongoing failures at ERYC are as a direct result of Cllrs failing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs. This allows the Officers to conduct themselves in a manner that results in the failure of Children Services and Planning.

In the public interest, I invite ERYC councillors to leak documents to me whenever they have evidence of poor behaviour. If appropriate I will then publish such evidence.

Cllr Julie Abraham Must Go

Given the Ofsted Report and now the clear evidence of an attempt to conceal vital information Cllr Julie Abraham, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People, Education, Health and Social Care must go now before further children are failed.

Cllr Julie Abraham

68 Documents

I submit all 68 documents to the Court of Public Opinion to enable adequate and appropriate scrutiny of documents that ERYC did not want the public to see. The collective suggests that ERYC Children Services are in shambles.

NB: All documents have been redacted where required by ERYC.

  • Info Group
  1. Minutes April 2017- redacted
  2. Minutes Feb 2018- redacted
  3. Minutes Feb 2019- redacted
  4. Minutes Jan 2017-redacted
  5. Minutes Jan 2018- redacted
  6. Minutes Jan 2019-redacted
  7. Minutes June 2018-redacted
  8. Minutes March 2017-redacted
  9. Minutes May 2018-redacted
  10. Minutes Nov 2017- redacted
  11. Minutes November 2018-redacted
  12. Minutes October 2018-redacted
  13. Minutes Sept 2017-redacted
  14. Minutes Sept 2018- redacted
  • P and E SEND Sub Group
  1. 16.01.2019 Minutes – Participation and Engagement REDACTED 2
  2. Minutes 5 December 2018 REDACTED 2
  3. Minutes 6 November 2018 REDACTION 2
  4. Minutes 12 Sept 2018 REDACTION 2
  5. Minutes 27.03.17 REDACTED 2
  • QA Group
  1. 0-25 QA Group Minutes 13 July 17 redacted – final
  2. 0-25 QA Group Minutes 14 Sept 17 redacted
  3. 0-25 QA Group Minutes 17 January 18 redacted
  4. 03.12 0-25 QA minutes redacted
  5. 04.02 0-25 QA minutes redacted
  6. 13 Sept 2018 0-25 QA group minutes redacted
  7. 19 July 2018 0-25 QA group minutes redacted
  8. 2018.2.8 0-25 QA group minutes redacted
  9. 2018.4.12 0-25 QA group notes redacted
  10. 2018.6.7 0-25 QA group minutes redacted
  • SEND 0 – 25
  1. JL014 – Minutes – 07.02.19 Redacted
  2. JL018 – Minutes – 18.01.18 redacted
  3. JL050 – Minutes – 02.02.17 redacted
  4. JL108 – Minutes – 11.05.17 redacted
  5. JL127 – Minutes – 23.04.18 redacted
  6. JL131 – Minutes – 24.07.17 redacted
  7. JL136 – Minutes – 12.07.18 redacted
  8. JL210 – Minutes – 19.10.17 redacted
  9. JL224 – Minutes – 22.10.18 redaction
  • SEND Feedback Meetings
  1. 1 November 2018 redacted
  2. 1 October 2018 redacted
  3. 21 May 2018 redacted
  4. 28 June 2018 – redacted
  5. July 2017 redacted
  6. Minute 07.12.2017 redacted
  7. SEND Feedback Meeting – April 2018 redacted
  8. SEND Feedback Mg Notes 5.02.2018 redacted
  9. SEND Feedback Mg Notes 14.03.2017 redacted
  • Training and Development Group
  1. Actions and Progress 4.2.19
  2. Agenda and Minutes 02.07.2018 FOI DRAFT
  3. Agenda and Minutes 30.07.2018 FOI FINAL
  4. Agenda and Minute – 4th June 2018 FOI FINAL
  5. Agenda and Minute – 9th April 2018 FOI FINAL
  6. Agenda and Minute – 11 September 2017 FOI FINAL
  7. Agenda and Minute – 12th March 2018 FOI FINAL
  8. Agenda and Minute – 15th January 2018 FOI FINAL
  9. Agenda and Minute – 26th June 2017 FOI FINAL
  10. Agenda and Minute – 27 November 2017 v2 FOI FINAL
  11. Agenda and Minute – 31st July 2017 FOI FINAL
  12. Minute – 27 November 2017 v2 FOI FINAL
  13. Tasks and Progress Report FOI DRAFT.xlsx
  • Transformation Team
  1. 18-01-24 SB Graduate Response Meeting Notes v2 -re-dacted
  2. 18-02-23 Meeting – re-dacted
  3. 18-04-11 VCS Short Break Meeting Notes v3 – re-dacted
  4. 18-04-30 Graduated Response Meeting Notes Update – re-dacted
  5. 18-06-25 Short Breaks Graduated Response Meeting Notes – re-dacted
  6. 18-08-01 SB Graduated Response Notes v2 – re-dacted
  7. 19-02-04 Short Breaks Consultation Next Steps – re-dacted
  8. 19-12-11 Short Breaks Project Board – Initial Meeting – re-dacted
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Subject Access Request – East Riding Councillors

Over the past year or so East Riding residents have witnessed a catalogue of failures by the Councillors at East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) that demonstrates that they have collectively, and to varying degrees, all failed to adhere to the most fundamental of the Nolan Principles:

“To challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.”

None of these failures should have happened if all Councillors had challenged the poor behaviour of Officers and themselves. Evidence demonstrates this was not the case.

Clean Hands

During my time as an Independent ERYC Councillor between 2016 and 2019, I raised, and paper trailed my concerns with regards both Children Services and Planning. Sadly my fellow Councillors at the time failed to take on board the alarm bells I was raising and at best attempted to shoot the messenger. As direct consequence children were significantly let down and residents must accept houses imposed on them that should never have been built.

I will leave the ERYC disastrous incompetence with Employees Pension Fund for another day. I do question why the Pension Committee did not take the appropriate action in early February 2020 to safe guide the Pension Fund. Surely the warning bells could not have been any louder?

Data Protection

I duly raised the alarm on the inside regards Children Services and Planning. I personally took the required and obvious action prior to the Stock Market crash based on knowledge learnt from sitting on the ERYC Pension Committee. Yet all I have witnessed over the past year or so from ERYC Councillors is a blame game instead of accepting responsibility and taking appropriate action.

As a direct result of the recently leaked email, I now have similar concerns about Data Protection at ERYC as I did about Children Services, Planning and the Pension Fund.

All 67 ERYC Councillors (currently 65 with 2 pending elections) are Registered Data Controllers. This means they have full responsibility for Data held which means they must comply with the DPA and GDPR.

Given the recent performance of ERYC Councillors, my faith in them with Data Protection is understandably not great.

To ensure that my data is being stored with all Councillors correctly I have exercised my lawful right by submitting a Subject Access Request to them all.

Subject Access Request To Councillors

I have requested copy of all Data held of me/about me from:

  1. Cllr Julie Abraham
  2. Cllr Victoria Aitkin
  3. Cllr Charlie Bayram
  4. Cllr Linda Bayram
  5. Cllr Kevin Beaumont
  6. Cllr Jacob Birch
  7. Cllr John Bovill
  8. Cllr David Boynton
  9. Cllr Richard Burton
  10. Cllr Chad Chadwick
  11. Cllr John Copsey
  12. Cllr Nick Coultish
  13. Cllr Philip Davison
  14. Cllr Liam Dealtry
  15. Cllr John Dennis
  16. Cllr David Elvidge
  17. Cllr Jane Evison
  18. Cllr Caroline Fox
  19. Cllr Bernard Gateshill
  20. Cllr Terry Gill
  21. Cllr Helen Green
  22. Cllr Pauline Greenwood
  23. Cllr Leo Hammond
  24. Cllr Anne Handley
  25. Cllr Kerri Harold
  26. Cllr Lyn Healing
  27. Cllr Denis Healy
  28. Cllr Mike Heslop-Mullens
  29. Cllr John Holtby
  30. Cllr Shaun Horton
  31. Cllr Barbara Jefferson
  32. Cllr Barbara Jeffreys
  33. Cllr David Jeffreys
  34. Cllr Linda Johnson
  35. Cllr Ros Jump
  36. Cllr Micheal Lee
  37. Cllr Paul Lisseter
  38. Cllr Geraldine Mathieson
  39. Cllr Chris Matthews
  40. Cllr Gary McMaster
  41. Cllr Mike Medini
  42. Cllr Richard Meredith
  43. Cllr Paul Nickerson
  44. Cllr David Nolan
  45. Cllr Tim Norman
  46. Cllr Jonathan Owen
  47. Cllr Viv Padden
  48. Cllr Matt Rogers
  49. Cllr David Rudd
  50. Cllr Liz Sargeanston
  51. Cllr Brian Skow
  52. Cllr Pat Smith
  53. Cllr Mike Stathers
  54. Cllr Sue Steel
  55. Cllr Margot Sutton
  56. Cllr David Sykes
  57. Cllr Felicity Temple
  58. Cllr David Tucker
  59. Cllr Andy Walker
  60. Cllr Vanessa Walker
  61. Cllr Ben Weeks
  62. Cllr Kay West
  63. Cllr Paul West
  64. Cllr John Whittle
  65. Cllr Nigel Wilkinson

Further Information

I encourage East Riding residents who have similar concerns to make their own lawful Subject Access Request.

Please read Subject Access Request – Your Right of Access for further information.

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Spotlight on Councillor “Bully Boy” Stathers

There was a time when I thought ERYC Deputy Leader Councillor “Bully Boy” Mike Stathers was a credit to ERYC, himself and the residents he represents. Sadly that is no longer the case.

ERYC Deputy Leader – Councillor Mike Stathers

His fall from grace moved up a gear on Friday 31 July 2020 with the leaking of the bullying email he sent to a fellow Conservative.

“Anymore of this and I will press for her to be removed from the Group”

This made his position as Governor of Pocklington School untenable but perhaps in the Pocklington School Anti Bullying Policy, it is not bullying if you terrify the victim into not complaining and only one instance becomes public knowledge. Perhaps not. What a great example Bully Boy sets to the pupils. How does it go Sir? Bullying rules OK?

But hey ERYC and the Conservative Group relies on a bullying culture to control so Mike remains Governor.

Since I published the email above numerous residents in the area have expressed concerns at Mikes growing reputation as a bully.

Moving on let us remind ourselves what Bully Boy has Portfolio duties for:

  • Communication

Right. Looks like he failed there if the email above is anything to go by.

  • Housing Strategy and Affordable Homes

In ERYC Catastrophic Planning Failure – Inspectors Report I highlighted

“A sustained shortfall … amounts to a deficit of 1657 affordable homes

This has resulted in 360 homes in Pocklington that are directly the fault of  ERYC Councillors on the Planning Committees who have collectively failed to ensure that the minimum requirement of 25% affordable housing as per ERYC Policy was fulfilled on average on all approvals. The Pocklington Bund/The Mile was a prime example of this.

Councillor Stathers not only sat on Planning he is now responsible for Housing Strategy and Affordable Homes. You couldn’t make it up!

When the Planning Committee met to revisit the overdevelopment of 197 homes on The Pocklington Bund/The Mile site the developer resubmitted at 207 homes. Councillor David Rudd, a fellow Wolds Weighton Councillor of Councillor Stathers, made the claim that it was a reasonable comprise. The developer increases the overdevelopment by 10 homes and it is a reasonable compromise? Yet there was NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING!

Who is the third Wolds Weighton Councillor? Another Tory Councillor Leo Hammond. Our Leo not only sits on both the:

  1. Planning Committee and
  2. Western Area Planning Sub-Committee

he is also the Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee. How can this be appropriate for such an inexperienced Councillor?

This certainly confirms that the three ERYC Conservative Councillors for Wold Weighton have collective failed Pocklington residents and those of the villages they represent surrounding Pocklington. A great team they are not.

  • Recovery Lead

Will this reveal further skeletons?

Looks like it is time to consider your position Mike.

Councillor Stathers I offer you a right to reply but don’t rely on my vote in two years time.

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ERYC Chief Executive Breaches Councillors Data

Caroline Lacey, East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) Chief Executive has breached Councillors Data in numerous ways as evidenced by the leaked email below.

Caroline Lacey Retiring ERYC Chief Executive

Given the “potential breaches” Caroline must now refer herself to ICO as per legislation within 48 hours.

How can ERYC possibly function lawfully when it appears that neither Councillors nor Senior Officers are aware of the basics of the DPA or the GDPR?

As the ERYC Chief Executive and Returning Officer, it is also inappropriate to say if an elected member is or is not standing prior to the publication of the statement of persons nominated for election.

It would certainly appear that ERYC Councillors and Senior Officers require extensive training given the recent failures with:

Readers will be unsurprised to learn that Caroline is soon to retire so perhaps the new Chief Executive will ensure the much-needed training.

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