This is the e-mail from Tony Redmond dated 10th July 2009:
Dear Mr Bray
Thank you for your email of 9 June 2009 addressed to Nigel Karney and I apologise for the delay in replying.
As Chairman of the Commission for Local Administration in England, I have no role in overseeing or reviewing the decisions of the other Local Government Ombudsmen. Their decisions can only be challenged in the High Court by way of judicial review.
You have alleged that Mr White has “lied” to Nick Harvey MP. I have read Mr White’s letter of 2nd February 2009 to Mr Harvey. It seems to me that nothing in that letter can be construed as “lies”, although it plainly expresses disagreement with your interpretation of the council’s actions. The way to challenge that disagreement was through the route I have explained above.
In these circumstances, I confirm there is no further action I will take in respect of your allegation of misconduct by Mr White.
Chairman of the Commission for Local Administration in England
And this is my reply dated 18th July 2009:Dear Mr Redmond, thank you for your e-mail of 10th July 2009. I am not asking you to oversee or review a decision of an Local Government Ombudsman. I am asking you to look into a case of a Local Government Ombudsman, Jerry White, lying to an MP.It seems to me to be quite obvious that Jerry White's reference to "lies and cover up" as being part of the complaint about a planning issue is a lie as its intention is clearly to deceive. The issue of council lies and the covering up of those lies was not part of the complaint made back in 2006. All the information is available on my website including the wording of the complaint of 2006 and the final letter by White closing the investigation which shows that council lies and cover up were not part of this investigation. This is available on the website page www.northdevonlink.co.uk/omblie.htmThe full and continuing story is available on my website the North Devon Link at www.northdevonlink.co.uk/council-lies.htm Every allegation I have made is backed up by documentary evidence. If you wish to stand by the opinion expressed in your e-mail then you must supply supporting evidence - if you are unable to do so then your opinion will not be accepted and it will be assumed that you are prepared to condone dishonesty within the Local Government Service.If you require clarification on any point please ask. I look forward to hearing from you.Sincerely, Gordon Bray.
We await a response.....
This is it:
Dear Mr Bray
Thank you for your email of 18 July 2009.
You say that Mr White deceived you in referring to “lies and cover up” as being part of the complaint about a planning issue. You also argue that the decision letter from Mr White relating to your complaint in 2006 shows that the Council’s lies and cover ups were not part of this investigation.
Although I understand that you remain dissatisfied with Mr White’s decision and also my email to you of 10 July 2009, as I have previously stated, each Local Government Ombudsman is independent and as Chairman I have no role in reviewing a decision taken by one of the other LGOs.
My role as Chairman may involve considering matters relating to the alleged misconduct of an Ombudsman. I have again examined the papers relating to your complaint and I can find no evidence that Mr White has conducted himself in a way other than is entirely appropriately in the conduct of your case.
I cannot be of any further assistance in this matter.
And this is my reply to Redmond:
Dear Mr Redmond, you have completely misunderstood the complaint I have made which was that Jerry White lied to Nick Harvey MP. In your e-mail of 10th July 2009 you state that "You have alleged that Mr White has “lied” to Nick Harvey MP". So why did you not investigate that?My complaint is not about a planning decision nor about a claim that Jerry White has lied to me. It is simply a case an LGO. lying to an MP. This is a serious matter and I expect you to deal with it as you state in your last e-mail that "My role as Chairman may involve considering matters relating to the alleged misconduct of an Ombudsman". I have provided proof as detailed in my e-mail of 18th July 2009 - if you need clarification on any point please ask.You should be aware that if you challenge any of the evidence I have provided you must supply documentary evidence to support your position.My opinion of the way you have dealt with this complaint so far is that it is sloppy to the point of incompetence. You seem to have little interest in doing the job for which you are paid by us taxpayers.I look forward to a response indicating that you propose to deal with this matter in an honest and responsible way.Sincerely, Gordon Bray.
This is Redmond's response:
Dear Mr Bray
Thank you for your email of 31 July 2009.
In my email of 10 July 209 I stated clearly that nothing in Mr White’s letter to Nick Harvey MP could be construed as lies. My email of 28 July 2009 referred to the decision letter from Mr White relating to your complaint in 2006 and concluded that there was no evidence of misconduct. There is nothing I can add to these responses.
I have no locus in the complaints handling arrangements or review of the decisions of other Local Government Ombudsmen, as I have previously stated, so I cannot be of any further assistance to you.
And this is my answer 5th August 2009:
Dear Mr Redmond, You have been provided with evidence that Jerry White lied to Nick Harvey MP. You have not given any reason why you consider this evidence invalid. You have not been able to provide any evidence that White did not lie to Nick Harvey.As stated in my last e-mail this is not a complaint about a planning decision and comes within your area of responsibility as Chairman of the Commission for Local Administration in England.Your decision is therefore invalid and is not accepted.You have Mr Redmond condoned dishonesty by Jerry White and I shall be taking the matter furtherGordon Bray.