Our officers are innocent until proven guilty, say Carmarthenshire County Council's Cabinet

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MEMBERS of Carmarthenshire County Council's Executive Board are standing by Chief Executive Mark James and Head of Administartion and Law Linda Rees-Jones after MP Jonathan Edwards revealed earlier today he was calling on Dyfed-Powys Police to investigate two payments deemed unlawful by the Wales Audit Office.

Dyfed-Powys Police subsequently confirmed they were "liasing" with the Crown Prosecution Service and another police force in relation to the public interest reports issued by the WAO last week.

"There is a saying in this country that has been upheld over many years and that is – innocent until proven guilty," ran the Executive Board's statement.

"However, this sentiment appears to have been lost on an MP who penned a letter, copied to the press, which finds two Carmarthenshire County Council senior officers guilty of varying charges without making any pretence of fairness or balance.

"We understand he has asked two police forces to look into this matter prior to council even having the opportunity to look at all the information and debate these issues.

"This is premature at best, or political opportunism at its worst.

"The letter contains libellous and factually inaccurate statements, which is ironic because if the officers concerned issued information of this nature they would be pilloried for doing so.

"It appears the MP feels he has licence to publish any information regardless of checking all the facts which is extremely unfair on the individuals concerned.

"Both officers robustly deny they have acted in any way other than a professional and proper manner and are confident that this will be supported by the evidence when the matters go before full council.

"As an executive board they have our full support and we are sure that they will be vindicated, it would be wise if opposition politicians waited to see the full evidence before making judgment."

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2:16pm Tue 4 Feb 14

andrewredman says...

The comment "can give it but can't take it"Comes to mind. Why is it that some of the employees of CCC see it as right to say and indeed make written statements that are factually incorrect in the misguided belief that they should be answerable to no one?
The comment "can give it but can't take it"Comes to mind. Why is it that some of the employees of CCC see it as right to say and indeed make written statements that are factually incorrect in the misguided belief that they should be answerable to no one? andrewredman
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8:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Meirion says...

Please allow me to quote a point of Law that has never been repealed in order that the taxpayer of Carmarthenshire can make their own interpretation of it.
1.Under the Common Law, everyone is individually responsible for their own actions. - Local Government act 1888 section 79 subsection 2
All duties and liabilities of the inhabitant of a county, shall be and become all duties and liabilities of the council of such county.
Please allow me to quote a point of Law that has never been repealed in order that the taxpayer of Carmarthenshire can make their own interpretation of it. 1.Under the Common Law, everyone is individually responsible for their own actions. - Local Government act 1888 section 79 subsection 2 All duties and liabilities of the inhabitant of a county, shall be and become all duties and liabilities of the council of such county. Meirion
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