Report covers up council’s role in #WadGate scandal

Inside Croydon

Croydon Council has overseen a cover-up of the role of senior public officials in the #WadGate scandal, in which over the course of a year the now former council leader, Mike Fisher, was allowed to trouser an extra £13,000 of public money and no one batted an eye-lid.

A five-month inquiry into the scandal saw the investigating panel meet only twice. They never bothered to interview a single witness.

A report, conducted by an “independent” three-person panel, has been published on the council website. It has been submitted among the papers for next Monday’s meeting of the full council.

The then Tory council leader Mike Fisher captured on election night last May: for him, his problems had only just begun... The then Tory council leader Mike Fisher captured on election night last May: for him, his problems had only just begun…

In its recommendations, the panel, chaired by former headmistress Anne Smith, states, “The Inquiry finds that the situation involving Councillor Fisher demonstrates a lack of openness, transparency and public accountability.”…

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