Saturday, 29 October 2011


Following on from the previous post, we're grateful to a reliable source who has provided us with a copy of the following email. It appears to contradict attribution claims made on another blog.

From: Straw, Jack (Chief Executive)
Sent: 15 September 2011 09:53

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, xxx
 cc: xxxxxxx, xxxxxxxx

Subject: RE: Swansea Conservative Group.

I am referring the matter to the local government ombudsman

Jack Straw
Chief Executive,
City & County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Swansea SA1 3SN
Telephone : 01792-xxxxxx

Prif Weithredwr
Dinas A Sir Abertawe, Canolfan Ddinesig, Abertawe SA1 3SN

For the moment, we're willing to believe that previous denials as to who made the referral to the local government watchdog are the result of a misunderstanding. We assume that a correction will be forthcoming.

Update: (30 Oct) Peter Black told a local radio phone-in show, via e-mail, that he had withdrawn certain comments on his blog over who did what because they were "being used by individuals" to pursue their own agenda. Amazing.


  1. Black is still claiming that it was Kinzett what done it. I've asked if he'd like to make a correction when he gets time.

  2. Armpit22:10

    Can someone explain why Holley and Hood-Williams have not been suspended by their political parties. An ombudsman investigation resulting from a referral by a chief officer is a serious matter. It is typically arrogant of Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to treat these allegations so lightly. They would be demanding resignations if Labour or Plaid Cymru councillors were involved.

  3. @ Not a matter of crying wolf -

    I am surprised that Peter Black thinks that downplaying this matter is a wise strategy. It has already unraveled on him to the extent he has had to admit that the chief executive did indeed refer the complaint to the ombudsman.

    I would not be surprised if the colleagues he nobly seeks to support are being less than candid with him about what actually happened. He should distance himself accordingly.

  4. Matt Samms17:38

    Not surprised by the recent reverse spin. Peter Black has a tendency of misremembering through his teeth.

  5. Anonymous23:30

    Black also claimed that the CEO had been inundated by complaints - though how you can be inundated by two people is beyond me, I'm afraid. I doubt that the ombudsman will regard a misconduct referral from a top council official as a neutral act.


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