I would just like to thank all of those who have offered me their support this week and continue to do so – friends, colleagues and those from across the political spectrum and around the world. I thank all of you that have blogged or reposted the story, including those through facebook (or that “form of witchcraft” according to some of my fellow East Riding Tory Councillors…).
The update 2 at the end of the previous blog post shows exactly what for I have been censured for.
Having read the post I realised that I made a startling omission - When making the complaint to the Standards Committee, Mr Whitley attempted to do so under the cloak of anonymity. His request was certainly at odds with his numerous critical letters referring to me in the Goole Times, the Goole Courier and the East Riding Mail, as well as his own Lib Dem site (closed since he deserted the Lib Dems for Labour) - clearly not the actions of a man looking to keep his name out of the public domain. Attempting to anonymously place a complaint to the Standards Committee in the run up to an election, where he was planning to stand against me, is in my opinion nothing short of cynical.
I am at least grateful that this request was not granted by the Standards Committee.
Some of those blogs/sites are carrying this story are:
Taxpayers Alliance website
Carl Minns Blog - A View from Hull
HU12Online - The Hedon blog
John in Gilberdyke blog
and the great reporting by the East Riding Mail at here and especially here