Caerphilly councillor in trouble over ‘joke’ e-mail

E-MAIL: Blackwood councillor Cllr Nigel Dix

E-MAIL: Blackwood councillor Cllr Nigel Dix

First published in News

A LABOUR councillor will meet two of the party’s whips on Caerphilly council today over comments he made about fellow members in a leaked e-mail to colleagues.

Writing to friend Andrew Whitcombe on December 17, Blackwood councillor Nigel Dix called the group’s chief whip on the council Gez Kirby and Islwyn AM Gwyn Price a “joke...but they are not funny”.

The correspondence, which also discussed the likelihood of whether Mr Price would seek re-election at the next National Assembly election in 2016, was sent inadvertently to his researcher and to every member of staff in the authority’s education department.

The Labour group launched an investigation into the comments, which will come to a head in a meeting between Cllr Dix and the two deputy whips, June Gale and Barbara Jones, today.

Cllr Dix said: “I’m disappointed with the council employee who saw it fit to pass this e-mail on to the press.

“It just goes to show that there are those in the council who are wasting the taxpayers’ time and not getting on with their job because it was passed on within council working hours.

“It was a genuine mistake which I have apologised for. I didn’t have my glasses on at the time I sent it.”

Cllr Dix added: “I haven’t lost faith in the party. You will get your squabbles but at the end of the day, we as a Labour group come together to do what’s best for our electorate.

“This is all just a storm in a tea cup.”

A spokesman for the Labour group said they could not comment until the internal investigation is completed.

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2:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

theviking666 says...

He said, It was a genuine mistake which I have apologised for. I didn’t have my glasses on at the time I sent it.” but must have had his glasses on to write it, well well
He said, It was a genuine mistake which I have apologised for. I didn’t have my glasses on at the time I sent it.” but must have had his glasses on to write it, well well theviking666
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3:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

If he has that much trouble making sure his emails go to the right place, perhaps he should avoid sending them.

The email could as easily have been a response to a constituent containing confiential and potentially embarrassing information, the sort of thing you definitely wouldn't want to see sent to an entire department.
If he has that much trouble making sure his emails go to the right place, perhaps he should avoid sending them. The email could as easily have been a response to a constituent containing confiential and potentially embarrassing information, the sort of thing you definitely wouldn't want to see sent to an entire department. _Bryan_
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5:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cwmderi says...

My teacher taught me to "Think before you ink".
Obviously this task is way beyond the capability of this councillor.
He adds insult to injury by accusing and putting the blame on council staff in stating “I’m disappointed with the council employee who saw it fit to pass this e-mail on to the press. “It just goes to show that there are those in the council who are wasting the taxpayers’ time and not getting on with their job because it was passed on within council working hours
Come on Cllr Dix, if anyone is wasting taxpayers time and money, you look at him every morning in the mirror.
My teacher taught me to "Think before you ink". Obviously this task is way beyond the capability of this councillor. He adds insult to injury by accusing and putting the blame on council staff in stating “I’m disappointed with the council employee who saw it fit to pass this e-mail on to the press. “It just goes to show that there are those in the council who are wasting the taxpayers’ time and not getting on with their job because it was passed on within council working hours Come on Cllr Dix, if anyone is wasting taxpayers time and money, you look at him every morning in the mirror. Cwmderi
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3:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

gingertom says...

Here, Here, Cwmderi!

Blackwood gate retail park and the numerous appearances in the south wales argus by Mr Dix need I say anymore.
Here, Here, Cwmderi! Blackwood gate retail park and the numerous appearances in the south wales argus by Mr Dix need I say anymore. gingertom
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