Tuesday, 29 May 2007




Henshaw has insisted that giving the nurses and care staff in Hospitals pay rise of just 2.5% is none of his concern.
He insists that the money put aside that constitutes the underspend is for emergency purposes!


The health service is in a mess and putting much needed money aside for so called emergencies just proves that there is money to give our medical professionals a living wage rise, it also shows the contempt that Sir David Henshaw has for the workers he is responsible for.

Yet another area that Henshaw has started already to destroy.
I fear for our national health service with him in charge!

This feeling is backed up by a number of high ranked members of parliament including Junior Minister Jane Kennedy MP for Wavertree Liverpool, who resigned her post as she felt so strongly that Henshaw was the wrong man for the job.

GIVE US THE MONEY HENSHAW! Or are you going to fleece the health service like you fleeced Knowsley and Liverpool?

NHS ' is heading for underspend'
The NHS looks like it has underspent by nearly £500m last year after making cuts amid intense political pressure to avoid a deficit, early data shows.

Unions suggested the NHS had gone too far in making cuts and harmed care. But the government said any surplus would be re-invested.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has staked her job on the NHS balancing.

Figures compiled by the Guardian newspaper revealed the under spend was estimated to be £456.8m in England.

The Guardian analysed data from England's 10 strategic health authorities, regional NHS bodies which oversee hospitals and local NHS trusts.

If these figures are right, we know that some trusts must have unnecessarily cut back on services to patients
Dr Sam Everington, of the British Medical Association

They showed that only two regions failed to balance its books - the east of England and the south-east coast. The north west on its own ran up a £161m surplus.

The figures include the £450m contingency fund - built up over the year by making cuts to training and public health budgets - which was redistributed to NHS trusts in March.

But the data shows a large increase on the three-quarter year point, when the NHS was predicting a small £13m surplus.

It is unclear how such a big surplus has been amassed in the final three months of 2006-7. There have been reports of trusts imposing minimum waits for operations in a bid to avoid paying for treatment until the new financial year.

The NHS had also not had the full £5.4bn increase in its budget passed on for 2006-7. Some of this went to pay off last year's debt of over £500m, but it that still left several hundred million pounds left over.

The Department of Health is due to publish the final figures next week.

'Impacted adversely'

But Dr Sam Everington, acting chairman of the British Medical Association, said: "If these figures are right, we know that some trusts must have unnecessarily cut back on services to patients such as reducing operating lists and clinics, closing wards, cutting education and training budgets, and making staff redundant.

"All of these things will have impacted adversely on patient care."

Other unions also questioned the fairness of staggering a 2.5% pay award for nurses and other health workers when there was so much money left in the system.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health said the final figures would be published shortly.

But she added: "The NHS ended last year [2005-6] with a deficit of over £500m.

"This was unacceptable, and we introduced new rigour and discipline in order to put the NHS on a sound financial footing for the future."

Monday, 28 May 2007






City of the Dead*

What's going on at the city council and inside the Liverpool Culture Company - *from the song by The Clash

Monday, May 21, 2007


Stanford88 has left a new comment on your post "THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE...":

Hi Tony.
Thanks for your support.
I attended a meeting in the North of the city last week organised by the Liverpool Care Slaves United.
Over 100 people showed up and we met a local labour councillor Joe Hanson.
I spoke to carers from all different parts of the city who are all in the same position - facing about 30% PAY CUT !
The Labour Party can't believe that the council are trying to force such cuts through on the private sector workers and they are vowing to help us in our struggle for equal rights of pay.
If you dont mind I would like to take this opportunity to tell other care workers that are concerned about what the council are doing to contact Joe Hanson.
His email address is
The same answers keep coming back on this when we ask why is the council changing the contract?
Answers.....1) The council are overspent and need to find more money to fund the Capital of Culture stuff. I would ask, why target the care services?
2) When they have come up with the idea of this new homecare contract, they have not thought through the knock on effect on the carers and workforce in the city. I would ask, who are the people making these decisions without speaking to us?
3) It is to increase efficiency and is better for the council tax payer. I would ask, why target just the private sector service? Home Help staff are being paid for their spare capacity and also get paid for their traveling time. District nurses and health authority staff get paid for shifts of work, that includes traveling time.
Tony, I say : CUT THE CULTURE BUDGET, NOT THE CARE BUDGET - and let us continue to do our job caring for the elderly of this city and giving them the time and quality of life they deserve.

Posted by Stanford88 to City of the Dead* at Monday, May 21, 2007 11:44:00 AM


Anonymous said...

A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Care Workers Pay.

Can I ask just a simple question ? Why me?
I am a care worker working for an independant Care Agency. I have a mortgage and 3 beautiful children who need all the things that children require. Like food, clothes,toys,outings etc act.

My pay is about to be cut by 30%. Why me?
My hours wont be guaranteed. Why me?
There is legislation against discrimination racial discrimination, age discrimination, sexual discrimination and lots of other discrimination.
Discrimination against private Agency care workers? Doesn’t exist and its rife.

They say it’s to save tax payers money. But why me?
Has anybody asked the tax payers why it should be me?
District nurses do the same kind of job. Why not them?
The ‘In House’ service do the same job. Why not them?
Age concern do the same job. Why not them?
Other big charities do the same job. Why not them.
Its all paid for by tax payers.

Cant get it out of my head. Why me?
Has anybody asked the tax payers do they want to save money on people who care for vulnerable people?
Has anybody asked the tax payers if it should be just me?
I will go home to my 3 kids to night they will ask.

Why you Mum ?


Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Parish.

I am so mad about this.

My Uncle receives care from an agency.

I spoke yesterday with his main carers. They said that if the 30% cut effects them, they will have no choice but leave and find a new job that pays decent wages and offers them stable work. What will happen to my uncle then? If most of the carers in the city feel and act in the same way, who will care for him? I think that carers do a fantastic job and they should not be steamrollered over by the council because they want to save money on the capital of culture. Carers have mortgages, just like Warren Bradley. How would he react to a 30% pay cut?

We need our carers. Something has to be done to stop this nonsense. Reading through your web site, it appears that if the council stopped spending so much money on yachts, paying off its staff and incompetence we may stand a chance of looking after people like my uncle and at least give him some quality of life like he has now with the carers he knows and is used to.

Lets put some things in to perspective, if ONLY one of the councils officials is making say £150 000 per year, and they took a 30% pay cut, £45 000 would pay for over 1 years work of care for my uncle. On the other hand, how many carers wages do they have to slash for the same effect?

Capital of Culture or Capital of Vultures? Leave the carer workers alone. Their job is hard enough without people kicking the legs from under them.


Tori Blare said...

Thought you all should know, despite the private sector being told to take a 30% cut in wages with no minimum hours, the Council run in house home carers are being made redundant.
The work they did have was given to the private sector, no new work is taken on except for 6 weeks if you are just out of hospital. Most of the carers from the council do not have work to do, this is because the stupid adult services let the service run down on purpose.
The aim of the council is to get rid of all the carers, of what is termed generic, they cost too much in paying staff to go home and wait until they get a call with some work, or walking the streets, many have become so disillusioned they have gone off ill. This of course costs a lot of money, so lets just get rid of them!
This needs just as much publicity as the private sector.
Care in Liverpool is excellent,when allowed to give it.
The Capital of Culture should not be cut, the disgusting high wages of these so called heads of the council and the Chief Executive, this is wht should be cut.


Keep the pressure up Care workers, private and council.

If you are getting old, be very afraid as unless you have lots of money, there is nothing down for you.
Oh and lets not forget the Day Centres that the council are always trying to close down, Venmore Mews?
What has happened to that one?
Notice how the cuts in services for the elderly were not publicised until after the election?

Dirty Liberal Democrats, dirty dirty....

Anonymous said...

I am just a simple tax payer. I have nobody using the care services in Liverpool.I am sure I will need to use the serice at some time in my life.(Although I hope not) All I can ask is what the bloody hell is going on in Social Services in Liverpool? In House facing cuts.Private sector facing cuts.....everybody facing cuts.and they say the service is getting better. JUST WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS GOING ON ?? (after all it is my money they are using)

Onlooker said...

I think that's right - we should not have to choose between Culture and Care. Both are important to people. What is wrong is the huge salaries for incompetent officials like Halsall and Hilton and Harbrow and the millions they have wasted on yachts and trips abroad and being sent back to school so they can find out how to do their jobs properly. We have seen no benefit.

Anonymous said...

I'll wager that someone somewhere in the City is doing very nicely thank you out of this and I bet that he or she is within the Evil Cabal

Anonymous said...

You bet your life someone is doing very well out of this and its not the service users or care staff.Its immoral

Anonymous said...

Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth

Anonymous said...

"Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us."

Tony Parrish47 said...

Let's not get too esoteric now - people's livelihoods are at risk here....

Pam said...

Glad somebody realises livelihoods are at risk.

Stanford88 said...

That’s right Mr Parish.

There’s nothing mysterious or cryptic about my 30% pay cut!

The only mystery I face is how I pay my mortgage and feed my kids from July !

MILDRED said...

I'm getting old and I'm getting very very scared at the thought of my arthritis getting worse and my sight not improving, I cannot get around much at the moment but I manage without help for most of the time. I know that soon,in maybe 3 years, I hope its not so soon, but I know at some time I will need someone to look after me and help me with my essential needs.
Who will help me then?
Some young girl just out of school looking for a few bob now and again?
Or will we all stand up now and tell the council ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The elderly of today are the very people who helped build the services the council is now trying to destroy.

Do we agree that our elderly are not important?

Is your Mother of no importance now ?
Why did your Grandad go to War?
Was it so he could be treated like dirt now?
Private or Council Home carers, we need to stand up for the elderly and show that sometimes the cost of a service should not be the first factor of consideration, cutting costs is not the answer in care, providing quality services using highly trained and committed workers, who actually care about the people the look after! This is the most important factor.

The most effective way of achieving a balanced budget is......?????

Colin Hilton Take a cut in your wages, I survive on £325 per week with 2 children, why can't you?

Phil Halsal.. You are supposed to be good at finances? Try this one for size then... take a cut in wages yourself! I know a mad idea, but just try it you will be amazed at how easy it would be for you, anyway your son can keep you in the custom you are used to, is he on the Sefton Pops?
All the other useless AED's of Liverpool City Council and the senior managers who don't seem to actual manage anything? TAKE A CUT IN YOUR WAGES FOR ONLY A YEAR AND WE WILL BE BACK ON TRACK!



Anonymous said...

Now its the In House care workers protesting.......Who the hell is running Social Services in Liverpool? Do they know what they are doing? Oh to be in need in Liverpool !!

Stanford88 said...

I have just got in from work and picked up the paper only to read about more protests, this time from the councils home help staff. I have done back to back shifts today and Im tired. I read comments like “communication breakdown” and “council management always say they do not know what is going on”.

Well it looks like their staff are in the same boat as us.

There appears to be the same old stories and cover up when the council “spokesman” says that there will be no job losses. I ask the social services bosses, whoever they are these days, to come and ask me and my fellow workers how many of us are going to leave and get new jobs as a result of the cuts they are introducing. We cant afford a 30% cut.

My home help friend is quite right when she is quoted in the paper “Whoever is responsible for this should be ashamed.”

The “spokesman” once again comes out with the same made up statements about consultation and representative groups. Let me tell you now Mr. Spokesman, you and your colleagues that are pretending to run social services have never consulted me about cutting my wages or hours.

They had better keep the home help service because they will need it when the private staff all leave to get better paid jobs!

I will be there to support your demonstration in six weeks – we should join forces and fight them together!

I’m going to bed now, cos while Im still a dedicated and loyal carer I need to get some rest as come rain or shine, hail or snow, Christmas day or Mothers day, I am at my first call at 8am.

At least I sleep with a clear conscience at night social service bosses!

God bless

Anonymous said...

astounding the way they are treating people
there priorities are wrong how can they make these cuts yet spend over a million pounds on things like the clipper yacht race ?

Stori Blare said...

Tony Hunter is the Spokesperson, and there WILL be job loses in the council run home help service, that is a certainty!
Please tell us more aboput the demonstration in 6 weeks time please Stanford88?

Anonymous said...

stori blare. If Tony Hunter is the spokesperson for social services who is the Director? I want to write and tell him what I think of his running of the Sham hes operating in Liverpool that is causing so much heartache for servuce users and care staff. Anybody know were I write to him?

Stanford88 said...

Thanks for your support stori blaire.

The demonstration I was talking about last night is the one mentioned in yesterdays Daily Post newspaper. It says “In-house home care workers say they are planning another protest in six weeks’ time, and say they will appeal for the public’s support.” I think that the union maybe organizing it. Unison?

It would be great if we can get a united front, with all care workers from both in house and private protesting against the council plans. They obviously don’t know what they are doing. If the council bosses would have spoken to us in the first place then we could have told them the effect their plans was going to have on us. Our service users ARE going to suffer cos we cant afford to take a 30% pay cut and still work as a carer. What part of that don’t they understand?

Perhaps they have thought it through and just dont care about care staff. They get paid massive wages and bonuses no matter what they do to us. I just don’t know.

The carers in the north of the city seem to have the right idea. Strike action maybe the only option left.

You say Tony Hunter is the spokesperson making all these comments about their being no problems and services will not be affected?

Tony Hunter, you and your workmates need to get yourself on a care induction training course, a moving and handling course, a food hygiene course, a health and safety course and get criminal records checks done because you may just be needed in some of my clients houses come July cos there aint gonna be any carers left, in house or private!

Oh, and by the way Tony, when you finish work after your first day as a carer and get home at gone 11pm like I used to, after a back to back shift of cleaning clients backsides, emptying their commode crying with a client and comforting them cos they have just lost a loved one and everything else I used to do as a carer, you will find a letter on your doorstep telling you that tomorrow you will get a 30% pay cut.

Will you go up stairs, kiss the kids goodnight, tuck them in and sit on your bed and cry at the injustice like I did?

You would do if you and your colleagues cared Tony Hunter.

Stay safe, united and pround my fellow workers.

Pat said...

Protests ! Strikes ! Carers on the streets, Service Users in wheel chairs protesting ! and they tell us its improving services? Just who the hell are the kidding ? Improving for who?

Pat said...

Its a good job we have you Tony Parrish47 to help expose whats going on in Care in the City.

Pat said...

Is Tony Parrish the 5th HORSEMAN OF THE APOCALYPSE I have to ask???...........The "Fifth" Horseman, Christ
Christ's return riding on a white horse and wearing diadems (rather than a stephanos) is described in Revelation chapter 19, verses 11 to 16:

“ Then I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself.
He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses.
From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.

It is believed that at the end of the current Kali Age, the god Vishnu will incarnate as a rider on a white horse called Kalki to destroy evil and uphold good.

Although the concept of,"On his robe and on his thigh was inscribed king of kings and Lord of Lords," is popular, translation has been proven that the actual statement from Aramaic is "On his robe and his (banner) he had a name inscribed, King of Kings and Lord of Lords." TONY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WE NEED TO EXPOSE THESE INFERIOR (PEOPLE WITHOUT FATHERS) ON HIGH SALARIES THAT ARE DOING SO MUCH DAMAGE TO SOCIAL CARE IN LIVERPOOL.

Pat said...

Any nominations for the Antichrist?

Please form a queue here..........

Pat said...

***Identity of the Antichrist***
A discerning person can identify the Antichrist by the number of the beast, specifically, 666 according to Book of Revelation 13:18 WHO IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES HAS 666 ON THEIR OFFICE DOOR ??

Anonymous said...

This year is the 200th anniversery of the abolition of the slave trade in U.K. Its also the 200th anniversery of the take over of the first country in the world, Haiti, by the slaves. Its about time somebody stood up for the rights of carers in the Care business.

Anonymous said...

Two hundred years ago in Liverpool if you walked down along Dale Street and along Water Street the offices of the shipping lines that took part in the pitful slave trade were situated. The occupants of those offices, the movers and shakers of Liverpool at that time,lived a grand life.Business thrived on the dastardly immoral, and sickening slave trade and the slaves who lived a life of misery. Whats the difference to-day? Those same offices are occupied by the movers and shakers of Liverpool at this time (Liverpool City Council) living a grand life. £100,000 + salaries not uncommon. THE SLAVE TRADE IS ALIVE AND KICKING IN SOCIAL CARE IN LIVERPOOL TO-DAY.


Stori Blare said...

Tony Hunter IS the director of Adult Services.
He is based in Millennium House,
After him it is Colin Hilton I guess.
He is based in Municipal Buildings.

The council have a complaints service as well, also in Millennium House in Victoria Street.
Go on the council web site for more information on who runs the City and look at the Health and Social care committee reports while you are at it, this will tell you who to write to on the committee, they have ALL been elected to look after the best interests of the city, so write to them and tell them what YOU feel is in the best interests of the electorate!
Well said to Stanford88, he/she has hit the nail on the head when describing the real effect it has on people who just want to help others and earn a decent living at the same time.
The truth about ALL of the cuts in this City is Henshaw and McElhinney raped the City and left us with the mess, Storey and his Lib Dem mates let them do it!
We are now paying for that mess and it is as usual the needy who are targeted first.

Anonymous said...

How can one person who is not even from Liverpool cause so much heartache to a Liverpool,loyal dedicated caring workforce across all sectors? In House service,Private Agencies,Housing Associations,are all effected.Most care workers are so giving and so loyal to the people they care for. How can some moron do this to them?
He/or she should be run out of the City fast.Or perhaps run over by a bus. Its outrageous.

Anonymous said...

I am from Canada. I plan to visit Liverpool next year for the celebrations to see the Beatles Cavern Club,Anfield,and all the buildings I have heard so much about.I have been reading these Bloggs and about the 'underbelly' of Liverpool.How can it be? A vibrant so caled 'world class'City with an undercurrent.Corruption! A city that can't look after the most vulnerable its elderly and children.I am begining to feel guilty about my choice of next years holiday.Can somebody tell me the truth? Buildings are one thing...... people are another.

Anonymous said...

I am a care worker. I consider myself a good carer.We need to alter whats going on in Liverpooland look after service users and carers. There is another Blogg worth seeing by need to express your opinions

Tori Blare said...

Oh dear it looks as though the council are going to have to re-think this one then?
What you gonna do now Tony Hunter?

Where are you going to get your budget deficit money from now Warren Bradley??

How are you gonna cover this one up Colin Hilton???

Where you gonnaget the funds for the Sefton Pops now Phil Halsall?

Anonymous said...

A thought just ocurred to me........Supposing there was only the Evil Cabal left on this earth......and no carers (They had gone to heaven)............. Who would look after who in the Evil Cabal? Who would wipe each others backsides? Who would lick each others backsides? Who would rob from the others? Who would stab each other in the back?................ Excuse me while I vomit.

Dan said...

Warren Bradley..Hope you parents dont need care now or in the future.Cos it looks as if they aint gonna get it.

Tori Blare said...

To the person from Canada, Please don't worry about coming to Liverpool the place is full of caring people who love the City so much they are prepared to stand up and have their voices heard at great cost as they could lose their jobs.
Anyway hopefully if you come to the City after May 08 Labout will be in power and they have pledged to clean up the City.
This means getting rid of all the EVIL CABAL

Saturday, 26 May 2007

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL HISTORY. The begining of the liverpool evil cabal charade






Henshaw and Storey agree to mediation plan

By Mark Smulian
Former chief executive of Birmingham City Council Sir Michael Lyons has been parachuted into Liverpool City Council to patch up the increasingly acrimonious row between chief executive Sir David Henshaw and leader Mike Storey.
Mediation was agreed moments before last week's council meeting had been expected to endorse disciplinary proceedings against Sir David and suspension of delegated powers to officers.
Advisers on both sides are understood to have pushed for mediation.
One councillor from Mr Storey's ruling Lib Dem group said: “I was surprised. An hour before the meeting, I still thought we would go for disciplinary action.”
Sir David was said to be in a jovial mood when he joined councillors after the meeting to watch Liverpool's victory over AC Milan.
Relations between Mr Storey and Sir David, previously close, deteriorated after a dispute over a proposed light rail system last year.
They also disagreed over whether Sir David should be chief executive of both the council and the 2008 Capital of Culture company, which he has headed temporarily. Mr Storey wants a separate chief executive for this body.
Sir David unsuccessfully sought a pension rise to compensate for tax changes from next year (LGC, 14 April). He had been expected to leave, but said last week: “No matter what the personal financial consequences, [I] will stay and finish the job for the 2008 European Capital of Culture.” The statement omitted to say in what capacity.
Relations were also poisoned by the discovery during a probe by executive director of resources Phil Halsall, of e-mails between Mr Storey and assistant executive director for media Matt Finnegan, containing indiscreet remarks about Sir David.
Mr Finnegan has been suspended for alleged audit irregularities, which he had denied.
A report by Mr Halsall said he had found “a clear conspiracy between Mike Storey and Matt Finnegan to force Sir David Henshaw out of his position.”

Feeding grist to the rumour mill
“I am anxious to try and box cx more into corner while you are both away. So its impossible for him to wriggle out.”
Matt Finnegan Assistant executive director for media

“The other way to box him into a corner is for the specialist press to speculate on this position and also how his request for a special arrangement was turned down.”
Mike Storey Leader

Private e-mails reveal Liverpool's internal warfare
From Mike Storey
Sent 11 August 2004 12:40
To Matt Finnegan
Subject Re: media broadcast analysis 11/8/04
DH needs a holiday. He is losing the plot judging by a couple of emails he has forwarded to me.

From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent Wed Aug 11 15:40:41 2004
Subject Re: media broadcast analysis 11/8/04
I know, but have you ever tried to reason with someone who doesn't want to be reasoned with? Exasperating in the extreme, won't listen, won't hear, won't be advised.

From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent 12 August 2004 09:52
Subject Re: media broadcast analysis 11/8/04
I wonder if something is going on. He was off last week and came in like a bear with a sore head on Monday... He is beating everyone up.
From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent Tue Mar 22 13:26:22 2005
Subject dgh
Mike - you should know that dgh has apparently told LGC that he is considering staying because the council has asked him to. (!) I have referred them to his previous public statements on this and the quotes in the post and the Liverpool Echo. They also have your quotes.

From Mike Storey
To Matt Finnegan
Sent 22 March 2005 19:36
Subject dgh
I think he should be boxed into a corner Keep pressure up on his leaving. Mike
From Richie Lewis
To Matt Finnegan
Sent 22 March 2005 12:38
Subject Audit Review

As part of our Annual Audit Plan, I have arranged for an audit to commence in respect of your service area. I attach, for your information, a copy of our Audit Planning Memorandum that details the areas of activity to be covered.

From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent Tue Mar 22 12:45:09 2005
Subject FW: Audit Review
Well, here we go. You can imagine my feelings.

From Mike Storey
To Matt Finnegan
Sent 22 March 2005 12:54
Subject Re: Audit Review
Keep a perspective though you have nothing to hide.

From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent 22 March 2005 13:08
Subject FW: Audit Review

You have no idea how reassuring it is to know that you are out there, watching this. They will find what they want to find however.
Hope you are having fun!
From Mike Storey
To Matt Finnegan
Sent Fri Mar 25 02:43:16 2005-05-26
Subject Re: random things
...I intend to make this clear - [City of Culture] needs someone in overall charge and all key players...want this. It might be interesting if Echo or Post speculated on this. It would further seal DH's position Mike
From Sir David Henshaw
To Matt Finnegan
Sent 11 August 2004 11:13
Subject Fw: media broadcast analysis 11/8/04
I cannot believe we are circulating this defamation for wider consumption. Do I take legal action against the council?
[The council media team had circulated the transcript of a radio broadcast in which a local trade unionist made allegations about Sir David. Mr Finnegan apologised to him and said the e-mail had been recalled.]

From Sir David Henshaw
To Matt Finnegan
Sent 11 August 2004 11:25
Subject Re: media broadcast analysis 11/8/04
Amateur night and recall makes it worse. Was it deliberate methinks
This is very unimpressive and all part of my concerns.
.............................................From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent Mar 23 19:23:52 2005
Subject Office
Wonder whether I should leak my expulsion from culture office? Fallout from cex pension etc thoughts?
.............................................From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent Sat Mar 26 10:56:01 2005
Subject re: random things
...I guess I am anxious to try and box cx more into corner while he and you are both away. So its impossible for him to wriggle out.

From Mike Storey
To Matt Finnegan
Sent Sat Mar 26 20:40:39 2005
Subject re: random things
The other way to box him into a corner is for the specialist press to speculate on this position and also how his request for a special arrangement was turned down.
From Matt Finnegan
To Mike Storey
Sent 30 March 14:43 2005
Subject Re: quote
Long conversation with Phil H. The penny has not dropped that you want dgh out.
From Mike Storey
To Matt Finnegan
Sent Fri Apr 01 19:18:45 2005
Subject Re: stuff
Don't worry about the evil cabal whatever happens we want [sic] let you down.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007





Insight into the Henshaw years in Knowsley.

Mon 30 Apr 2007
Posted by admin under: Local News

The impact of David Henshaw on Merseyside is considerable, even if you don’t count yourself as a fan.

Before he took charge of Liverpool he had ruled the roost in nearby Knowsley Council, where life suddenly became easy in this one party fiefdom.

The trail blazing Kirkby Times was the first printed news site to highlight the dubious activities in this council between 1995 – to date; activities that in any other council would certainly have attracted severe sanctions from the government, audit commission, and probably the law enforcement agencies as well.

These included, positions and cash given for votes on land deals, the whip applied on planning applications, non declaration of interests on land deals, Councillors with convictions for burglary and violence holding down senior and sensitive positions. Single Regeneration Poverty Funds ( £35 million pounds ) doled out like confetti to Cllr Keight’s cohorts, this list is not exhaustive, and is only a taste of what went on.

Henshaw with a bag of peanuts

Many have lifted our stories, reassured that our factual reporting is completely accurate.

Gratitude is extended to those very close to events in Knowsley whose contributions allow this further chapter of history to be told.

David Henshaw had arrived in Knowsley Council in late 1989. This had been a bad time for the Council, with the twin problems of a decline in jobs and population.

Before he had time to put his feet under the table the Boundary Commision for England – a body that reviews and determines Council boundaries – announced they were recommending the abolition of Knowsley, with its parts reconciled with their nearest neighbour.

This would have seen Kirkby and Huyton merge into Liverpool, which made sense for the long established social, community, transport and health service links.

The political and financial turmoil in Liverpool was a barrier, which galvanised Henshaw to successfully campaign for the status quo. The rebirth of the Council began, though it was unforeseen it would become entirely based on Huyton.

With a highly professional team of officers the foundations were put into place. We are informed by some of those staff that the political steel was provided by some excellent Councillors. We refrain to mention them by name, but the Councils financial strategy, it health and environmental strategy that they now claim so much credit for, was the driving force of two senior Councillors around 1990-94.

One was from Kirkby ( PF ) the other from Halewood ( TJL ), ex staff say they are the ones who should get the real credit for where the Council are today.

Senior people told us that all the initial top- level meetings with the E.U, Health, Business, and Industrialists, involved Henshaw, his team, and Cllr’s PF. D.L. & M.M.
Henshaw was said to greatly admire their professional image and natural intelligence, handling top executives with natural aplomb.
This was the era the ground was laid for the future success.
It was said Council leader Keight always absented himself from such high level meetings, often preferring to be in his office with the rebel Councillors mixed up in the anti poll tax campaigns of 1989-92.

Henshaw does Kirkby

Around this time – 1990-93 - Henshaw was said to be amenable to others around him. Then a fundamental shift took place, that was to herald a power base never seen before in local government in these parts of the country.

Senior Civil Servants had been perplexed as to why Knowsley Council, which abuts the city of Liverpool , was successful in securing the multi million pound grants that the City Council was unprepared to bid for. Things like Housing, Transport, and Economic regeneration took off in Knowsley, while things stood still in Liverpool.

So something had to give.
Decision making had to be speeded up in Liverpool, as well as a managerial and financial reorganisation.

This anomaly proved a life changing experience for Henshaw. He was quid’s in.

The senior civil servant he had links with was one Jonathan Powell, later to become Tony Blair’s Chief of Staff.

When Blair took charge of Labour in 1994, Henshaw was ordained as a High Priest of New labour, everything else just fell into place.

In 1997 when Labour took power, he dovetailed into every aspect of their sinister and hidden agenda. Nobody or anything was to stand in the way.

Knowsleys new labour Council leader, J Keight, simply enjoyed the ride and a long sweet heart arrangement with Henshaw, that was to later see them both receive honours from Blair, for services rendered !

This created the Henshaw aura of invincibility that is now well documented.

One issue, above all, gives an example of how Henshaw and Keight could manipulate almost any situation to turn fact on its head and spin an untruth.

Around 1994 another man, who was later to gain notoriety, arrived in Knowsley.

Almost from nowhere, Mr David Mc Elhinney popped up to secure a tempory funded post in Marketing (spin ) pushed in by Henshaw.

This was despite the Council having a long list of staff on the ”at risk “ register, and facing possible redundancy.

This situation soon changed.

Mc Elhinney was quickly appointed as an Assistant Director of Leisure Services, a meteoric rise for a man who had only recently been recruited to the Council from a job giving marketing displays at Littlewoods Stores !

It was, in the eyes of senior colleagues, a slap in the face for qualified and professional staff who were overlooked for promotion and put under his watch.

In reality however, he became Henshaws unofficial number two; in control, and without portfolio.

It coincided with increased levels of bullying against staff , together with stress related reasons for higher sickness levels. Issues that were to surface on a similar scale inside Liverpool City Council a few years later.

We now return to McElhinneys role in the awarding of a Council contract – without going out to tender- and his role with others, in receiving overseas travel and hospitality from the firm that were awarded the contract.

Such action, whether approved or not, was once a very serious offence in local government, before new labour came to power.

In 1996 the Tower Hill Community Association, in Kirkby, secured a grant of £43,000 pounds from the old National Lotteries Charities Board ( NLCB ) to provide a new playground for children in the community.

The Association was run by volunteers under the overall management of Knowsley Councils Leisure Services Committee. This brought it under the direct management of Mr Mc Elhinney, and his staff.

The scandal unfolded in Oct 1997, when a local Tower Hill Councillor received a copy of an invoice from a firm called Hags Play Limited, it related to expenditure by the Tower Hill Community Association.

The Councillor acted responsibly and reported the matter to the Councils Director of Finance, and requested an investigation why the invoice should have been sent to him.

The Councillor had also raised the question of Council Officers making an all expenses paid visit to the headquarters of Hags Play Limited in Sweden.

At this stage Henshaw became involved and investigated the Councillor’s concerns.

In a letter dated 19 November 1997, Henshaw stated
“the contract was not put out to competitive tender by the Association”

This was ignoring the fact that the Association was run by volunteers and had specifically asked McElhinney’s staff for assistance with the contract process.

He also identified Mr McElhinney ( Senior Assistant Director of Leisure Services ) and Ms Sarah Atkins, Parks Development Officer as the staff who visited Sweden between 14 –17 June 1997, some four months after the contract was awarded to Hags Play Ltd.

It was later confirmed this hospitality and the other expenses claimed on the trip were not approved by the Councils Director of Finance, and were outside the requirements of the National Conditions of Service for Council Staff.

Henshaw also claimed the Association had awarded the contract to Hags Play Ltd.

He also pre empted an audit investigation to say “ I can confirm that the auditors have not been provided with any other evidence, letters etc, which supports the view that the Association did not agree with the decision at the that time, that Hags Play Ltd be awarded the work.”

The premature intervention by Henshaw was a clear attempt to obfuscate the facts, and pass the buck to people who were not qualified to act in a way he was claiming.

The investigation by his own internal audit staff exposed his letter as a crude attempt to cover up for McElhinney.

In a report to the Councils Audit Committee 25 February 1997, the auditors reported that the Community Associations Treasurer stated categorically that Hags Play was not their choice to do the work.

Alarmingly the auditors report 25/2/97, found “ There are no minutes of the meeting when the decision was made.

The Council Officers ( McElhinney and Atkins ) still insisted to the auditors that the Association had made the decision. The audit report went on to say : the auditors have not been provided with any evidence, letters etc, which support the view that the Association did take the decision itself to award the work to Hags Pay Ltd.

This contradicted Henshaws comments in his letter of 19 Nov 1997, which were exposed as baseless, and highly misleading.

At best this was negligence, and incompetence, on a major scale; or at worst arrogance and greed, which elsewhere would attract disciplinary action against McElhinney and Atkins; and also Henshaw, for obstructing the inquiry.

And if proven, amount to gross misconduct, and instant dismissal.

If we accept the former lets not forget this involved a man ( McElhinney ) who by this time had risen to the level of the Deputy Chief Executive of the Council, despite being unable to provide minutes of a body awarding a five figure Council contract !

If it was the latter, they got off Scot free But as usual in Knowsley the villains are the innocent, and the innocent are the villains.

What we may ask was the role of the Chairman of the Audit Committee in all of this ?
Its Chair at the time was then Council leader Cllr J Keight OBE JP.

He saw no problem with these serious beaches of the financial regulations and standing orders of the Council.
This was not surprising has he was up to his neck in the sale of freeholds to his local Labour club, and should have declared an interest in the Liverpool FC academy development instead of steering it through every stage of the Council, threatening any dissenters by imposing the political whip.

Meanwhile, Mc Elhinney had become his favourite lackey freeing up land for greedy developers without taking the trouble to tell the existing occupiers of the land !

What was the role of the District Auditor. The guardian of the public purse ?

With having an office inside the Council they had to tread very carefully with Henshaw, given his high level contacts within new labour

The malpractice in the awarding of a large contract, glaring procedural failures, unauthorised hospitality, and the unauthorised claiming of expenses in breach of the staff National Conditions of Services; was summed up on an Audit Commission report on one side of an A4 single sheet of paper !

And what happened to the other key players in this scandal ?

Mc Elhinney and Atkins grew in confidence, and carried on uninterrupted in their roles in Knowsley, thanks to the Cllr Keight and Henshaw.

The Councils Director of Finance, whose report torpedoed Henshaws lies and obfuscation, left shortly afterwards, amidst the internal fall out in the Council.
He was a highly professional Chief Officer of great ability, and the utmost integrity.

The local Tower Hill Councillor T.R. who simply did his public duty was bullied and hounded out by Keight and his henchmen.

Henshaw grew tired of the squalid political mess around him and got out.
He sought a bigger challenge, and went to Liverpool, helped by new labours machine.

He quickly installed Mc Elhinney into a highly paid management post on a salary that drew gasps of amazement throughout the City of Liverpool.

The salary of £125,000 pounds a year, was being given to a person and who couldn’t even organise the taking and recording of the minutes of a Community Association.

He was allowed free licence by Henshaw to boss around the whole workforce of the City Council. !

The hopeless Council Leader Mike Storey – in awe of Henshaw – justified the appointment and salary calling people like Mc Elhinney “a super director”!

Try telling that to the committee at the Tower hill Commo, or Knowsley Councils former Director of Finance, the admirable Mr David Fellows.

Corruption, and new labour, in Knowsley, sit comfortably together.

This episode, while not earth shattering in its impact, does however characterise why the guilty and corrupt escape, and the innocent suffer in Knowsley, just has they did in Liverpool. And people like Henshaw always want the final word

The long term effect of no action taken over these matters is hard to envisage.

The failure Cllrs Keight and Round to declare financial and pecuniary interests when they had positions of responsibility in a club, on which they voted on in secret to sell freehold land, is by far the most serious.

The law on this is clear and live, the Councillors code of practice says
“Councillors must not seek to use their official position so as to benefit themselves, their professional or business interests, or others with whom they have personal, family or other ties”

Keight and Round held elected positions in the club that gained a freehold deal on favourable terms.

In 2002 Round, on the back of 12 years as planning boss, became the council leader!

Their immunity from any political or criminal sanctions will make it extremely difficult for the authorities to prosecute similar breaches of the 1972 , and 2000 Local Government Act, in the future.

In interpreting the law, precedence and practice will often apply. Clever lawyers can now reasonably argue the application of immunity in this instance probably renders any legal enactment on the non declaration of interests by Councillors obsolete.

The Labour Party on coming into office in 1997, laid down ground rules for the conduct of their Councillors.
This is an extract from a letter dated 3 July 1997, from a national labour party official – Mr Howard Knight- and sent to the Knowsley Labour Council group.

“The labour party expects and requires the highest standards of integrity and probity from its representatives. When there is an allegation of a failure to uphold these standards, the Party will investigate and take appropriate action”

Bold words that have proved utterly meaningless. Fully aware of the failure to uphold these standards in Knowsley, in October 2002, Mr Blair singled out the Council - who have a stall at the labour party conference each year –saying “This is a great Council”

This dubious accolade from a man whose entire entourage are embroiled in the cash for honours investigation says it all. You simply couldn’t make it up !

We thank the many people who have supplied anecdotal information of this period of time in the recent history of what The Private Eye once called, one of the original rotten boroughs.