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SALFORD COUNCIL LEADER LEAKS E-MAILS
 

Star date: 10th November 2009

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SALFORD COUNCIL LEADER LEAKS CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT E-MAILS TO PRESS

John Merry Outraged Over `Outrage' Outrage…

Council Leader demands apology off Salford Star and leaks e-mails to prove his point...

Full sorry story here...

 



Salford Council Leader, John Merry, has demanded an apology off the Salford Star after we accused him of `losing the plot' over his statements in the aftermath of the St George's School victory.

Mr Merry put the following (unedited) comments on our website...

"Its is shabby journalism of the sort you normally accuse others of not to check your facts. You may accuse me of lots of things, you may disagree but to state that I have "lost the plot" is disgraceful without phoneing me to ask me how I came to make such a statement. I would like an apolgy please."

Following the Schools Adjudicator's report we quoted John Merry saying "I am outraged that his solution is to shut Harrop Fold and give their building to St George's".

We wrote that the Schools Adjudicator had never said this in his report and therefore that John Merry had `lost the plot'. And we stand by the fact that the report never states this…it merely suggests that an "alternative approach would be the possibility of SG [St George's] being retained and relocated in the adjoining HF premises". We took this to mean a sharing of the school (see full article here with Mr Merry's comments underneath)

However Mr Merry has now sent us a copy of highly confidential e-mails between Nick Page, Deputy Director of Children's Services and the Office of the Schools Adjudicator, where Page asks "Is the suggestion from the letter that we would close Harrop Fold high school and move St George's high school into Harrop Fold's premises as a Catholic VA school?" and the reply is "Yes".

Please note that this is a "suggestion", a "possibility" and not, as Mr Merry states, a "solution". The Schools Adjudicator doesn't have the power to impose `solutions'.

To keep Mr Merry CBE sweet he can have his `apolgy' but not having access to the Council's `confidential' e-mails means that we can only go on what we read that is in the public domain…and, to us, the Adjudicator's report still doesn't say that he's suggesting shutting Harrop Fold and moving in St George's - his e-mails might but his report doesn't.

In any case, Page has written to all Salford's Head Teachers that "The Council has confirmed that under no circumstances would this option be considered"…or is that confidential?

PS:  When we said that John Merry had "lost the plot" we think he might have misinterpreted what we meant - we obviously meant that he had lost the plot of land on which St George's School stands...that the Council had already suggested as a future development site for 85 houses. 

 

 

marie hyde wrote
at 09:45:21 on 25 August 2011
good morning what i like to see in schools is granparnets days children need to mix with us we can provide calm are understanding that we can pass on most children in Sanford don't know who and cant meet up but they need to citywide could have day at dinner to invite grandparents for lunch wouldn't this be wonderful no parents naan who grandchildren i don't see live in manchster
 
Karen wrote
at 09:30:27 on 14 November 2009
Two wrongs do not make a right!
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 09:29:28 on 14 November 2009
If this was my site, I would have removed the comment by "Sick of them all". That kind of reply has no place in politics nor this important discussion of schools. It has moved the comment discussion off-topic, which is a real shame as I was hoping Cllrs Merry & Warmisham were going to have a stab at answering the question from "Salford Star" below. To Karen: I have read many documents authored by Councillor Merry and can confirm he is able to spell adequately, however, when he gets angry I don't think his fingers can quite keep up with his rage - that's when the typos occur. Take a deep breath, John.
 
John Merry wrote
at 14:36:21 on 13 November 2009
Karen I did attempt to explain that I was having a problem in using a tiny keyboard and being in a hurry did omit certain letters. I also said sorry! I can appreciate you may feel that we are lowlife and should not reply to insults hurled at us and of course we do have to have thick skins, but I would like you to think how as a parent you would feel if you read that your son or daughter was the result of unintelligent sperm. To reply to such an ignorant comment would not only be right it would also be a duty
 
Karen wrote
at 20:18:17 on 12 November 2009
Nice to see you still can't find access to a spell checker Mr Merry! Oh yeah, also nice of the Councillors writing here to insult the residents they serve. It's just as well you don't have to be intelligent either to become a local councillor :)
 
Big Al wrote
at 20:17:51 on 12 November 2009
Salford Star are you sure that these two contributers are the real John Merry & John Warmisham? They cannot spell! They aren't as mature as Aldi cheese! Was it Salford Star that said that Salford Councillors were well red? Did you mean they stayed in the sun too long?
 
HA HA wrote
at 20:17:20 on 12 November 2009
Obviously councillor Warmisham goes on line to see the "SALFORD STAR"----------It,s because he keeps losing them from every department they put him in charge of.
 
john Merry wrote
at 17:30:52 on 11 November 2009
Steve I am happy to explain why as leader of the council I am entiled to see emails and I canm comfirm that I have not broken the law. Nice to see your deeply intelligent comments "sick of it"
 
salford star wrote
at 15:37:57 on 11 November 2009
Cllr Warmisham (see below) - it would be nice to hear you make any comment on the St George's High School victory and the impending disciplinary hearing of Jill Baker. After all, you are the Lead Member for Children's Services...
 
John Warmisham wrote
at 15:26:07 on 11 November 2009
Nice to see the usual high intellectual comments on the Salford Star website.
 
?????? wrote
at 14:08:34 on 11 November 2009
I thought that council workers were unofficially banned from viewing the Salford Star website. If this is the case, how does councillor Merry get to see it? Over to you councillor Merry.
 
mike wrote
at 14:08:30 on 11 November 2009
Nice to see John Merry, or someone at Salford Council reads the Salford Star which is obviously still alive dispite their best efforts to silence us. I'm of the opinion that Salford Council lost the plot some time ago with the whole regeneration programme. It seems Mr Merry and his cohorts are still smarting from their defeat in the battle for St Georges and if Salford residents were to receive the apologies they deserve from the council we would be here for months. Strange how the council reply to criticism so quickly on this occasion yet the Salford Star has been waiting months for replies to important legitimate questions. Can I suggest therefore, that whoever reads this site at the council do what they have a duty to do and reply in full to all the questions submitted.
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 14:07:07 on 11 November 2009
For the avoidance of doubt, here is a copy of Salford Council's email disclaimer which should be attached to every email sent from the council. "DISCLAIMER: The information in this message is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorised. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, or distribution of the message, or any action or omission taken by you in reliance on it, is prohibited and may be unlawful. As a public body, Salford City Council may be required to disclose this email [or any response to it] under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, unless the information in it is covered by one of the exemptions in the Act. Please immediately contact the sender if you have received this message in error. For the full disclaimer please access http://www.salford.gov.uk/e-mail. Thank you" So, if I understand that correctly Cllr Merry broke the law *UNLESS* he released the email under a Freedom of Information request. Councillor Merry, can you confirm whether your actions were within the law in this instance?
 
Sick of them all wrote
at 08:29:37 on 11 November 2009
Councillor Merry,Bill Hinds,Warmisham etc. What a pity the intelligent sperm were such poor swimmers.
 
John Merry wrote
at 08:28:48 on 11 November 2009
There has been no leak. Following a request from the schools adjudicator to refer to parts of the correspondence between the council and his office the decision was reached to place other parts in the public domain.Nice of Steve to want to keep me sweet and I accept his apology
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 18:19:06 on 10 November 2009
Hasn't Councillor Merry just breached Salford City Council's Data Protection & Email Policy by leaking this email to the Salford Star?
 
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