Following the guilty verdict on former Exmouth Mayor, John Humphrey, George Dixon posted the following question:
Perhaps Councillors Ingham and Hughes would care to tell us why they felt it appropriate to make him an alderman in 2019, four years into the investigation which led to this?
He was one of eleven proposed by Cllr Ben Ingham, seconded by Cllr. Andrew Moulding to receive the title of Honorary Alderman or Alderwoman at an extraordinary meeting of EDDC on 18 December 2019.
Cllr. Stuart Hughes, the Chairman, put the proposals to the vote.
The vote was carried by a majority with one abstention. (No details of the vote appear to have been recorded)
Details of the meeting can be found here , though the audio recording appears to be no longer available.
The phrases: “due diligence” and “bringing the Council into disrepute” come to mind.
Will he now be stripped of this title?
[The award of Aldermanic status on this occasion seemed to have been unusually extensive. Handing out lollipops is a bit of a British obsession, easily debased.]