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Liverpool Chief Fights against 'Conspiracy'

Magazine article Public Finance

Liverpool Chief Fights against 'Conspiracy'

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Liverpool City Council chief executive Sir David Henshaw has accused senior figures at the authority of a conspiracy' to kick him out of office.

In a remarkable statement published on May 24, Henshaw said the actions of a senior member of the city council and a senior officer' plus others outside' the council were designed to whip up a media campaign to force him out of his job.

He threatened the possibility of legal action after a dossier compiled by the council's section 151 officer, Philip Halsall, backed the chief executive's claims.

'These actions expose the council to potentially very significant claims for damages for constructive dismissal, damage to reputation and claims under whistle-blowing legislation,' said Henshaw.

The senior figures that Henshaw was referring to are thought to be council leader Mike Storey and head of communications Matt Finnegan.

Storey countered by claiming the dossier was 'based on confidential e-mails that I am concerned are being misused to try to undermine my position'.

He has sent a copy of the dossier and e-mails to the Standards Board for England, claiming that it is the only body competent to decide whether there has been a serious breach of conduct. …

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