The Buck/Palmer Con

Mr Dawson was contacted by the MP’s office for his home phone number via Mr Buck for a Mr Palmer and he was content to talk to him as the last message from her was:

Quoting Emma Lewell-Buck: Date:23/12/2019 (16:09:38 GMT)
Good afternoon Mick,
I am aware Angela and David are dealing with this, please can you let me know if there is anything needed from me.
Best wishes, hope you have a lovely Christmas
Emma

I had been corresponding freely with the MP’s Office for some years and that was mostly via her previous Office Manager, Rebecca Heath but latterly Cllrs Hamilton and Francis as the MP was busy with more important matters such as saving the local hospital from the grasp of developers .

I had severe doubts about what Mr Palmer was saying over the phone and naturally complained to the MP about him and copied it to the Ward Councillors as a warning to them careful about their dealings with Mr Palmer. The main part of the complaint was:

What I really needed from you was your support and Mr Palmer has indicated by our exchange over the phone that he is not prepared to give it. At the end of the day the Council are misusing the Ombudsman’s Office to hide malpractice then use their findings to deflect any enquirers after the truth. I understood from Mr Palmer that this was no longer a matter for Parliament but I think it is.

With what appeared to be the misuse of the auto-reply in the MP’s office to stifle conversation I  no longer trusted  Mr Palmer and asked Emma the next day:- Is it safe to assume he is your Office Manager in South Shields and we should write to him on any issues we have with UK Docks?

She does not reply but her so called  Office Manager does:

From: "BUCK, Simon" <simon.buck@parliament.uk>
To: "mick.dawson@theharbourview.co.uk"
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:37:06 +0000
Subject: Correspondence with the Office of Emma Lewell-Buck

Dear Mr Dawson,
Thank you for your email sent this morning following from Mr Palmer's telephone conversation to you yesterday afternoon.
I wish to address two points you raised. I was present during the conversation between Mr Palmer and yourself. I am afraid your recollection of the conversation was not a true account. Mr Palmer was polite, informative and accurate.
Mr Palmer correctly informed you that MPs have no influence over the Local Government Ombudsman, and he suggested that a possible course of action may be to complain further to the Local Government Ombudsman and suggested you take legal advice.

I immediately requested a copy of any recording because Mr Bucks response implies that I had been neither polite nor accurate over the phone to Mr Palmer. No record of the call has been received so it is my word against that of Mr Buck or Mr Palmer and reminded me of the rigged meeting at the Town Hall in November six years before.

Mr Palmer’s actions speak far louder than Mr Bucks words as the 2nd blocking of the email to MP confirms. Judging from Mr Buck’s reply he was either not aware of the email from me on the evening of the 13th or colluding with Mr Palmer.

There are certain more giveaways in Mr Buck’s response which indicate that he was regurgitating Mr Palmer’s fiction about the relationship between the MP for South Shields Office and I, rather than the truth:-

  1.  the change of subject from misuse of the Ombudsman’s Office by the Council to the suggestion that: “Mr Palmer correctly informed you that MPs have no influence over the Local Government Ombudsman
  2. and he suggested that a possible course of action may be to complain further to the Local Government Ombudsman” – Mr Palmer was sitting on a copy of the letter sent to the MP in October 2016 outlining very clearly the shortcomings of the LGO!
  3. and suggested you (Mr Dawson) take legal advice” – Mr Palmer was also sitting on a copy of the letter from Peter Dunn and Co!

Mr Dawson has never said or even implied that MPs can influence the Ombudsman but he had been complaining about Council staff misleading the  Ombudsman for years. The CEO’s response was to get his staff to deny any misconduct and stop any reposts by misapplying methods normally employed against unwarranted attacks against Council Officials.

To ask for an answer to the question “Why your staff should misrepresent the facts to the LGO is for you to determine. That they have misinformed the LGO should be admitted and corrected and that is what this letter is about.” is reasonable to the point of being bland and easily missed but it still need answering.

Instead he calls for Mr Dawson to be sectioned to stop him asking awkward questions and it is very obvious that Mr Palmer would like to do the same thing but that option is not available to him so he blocks emails from one of her constituents, mick.dawson@theharbourview, from the server in her office in South Sheilds

By copying Mr Palmer but not Mr Buck into my email to the MP I had set a trap, by accident, for both to step straight into and they did. It was Mr Buck giving the misinformation not Mr Palmer – who has taken care not to put anything in writing and now he can step away leaving Mr Buck exposed. Maybe Mr Buck does not like to be reminded that he was conned by Mr Palmer but it his own inbox was blocked on 7th July.

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Date: 10/07/2020 (06:38:44 PM GMT)
To: mick.dawson@theharbourview.co.uk

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* simon.buck@parliament.uk

Reason: There was an error while attempting to deliver your message with [Subject: "Fwd: Complaint: 248789 - Unplanned Development on River Drive"] to simon.buck@parliament.uk. MTA p3plwbeout13-03.prod.phx3.secureserver.net received this response from the destination host IP - 195.130.217.172 - 550 , 550 Undeliverable mail
Mr Palmer has been told: Mr Buck repeated:
The Council are misusing the Ombudsman’s Office to hide malpractice then use their findings to deflect any enquirers after the truth. Mr Palmer informed Mr Dawson that MPs have no influence over the Local Government Ombudsman
An independent Solicitor says that I should raise a complaint about the Council misleading the Ombudsman Mr Palmer suggested I take legal advice.
The Council say that they have not misled the Ombudsman Mr Palmer suggests I complain further to the Local Government Ombudsman

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

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