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Posted by: John Brace | 3rd July 2014

Graham Burgess invites Wirral Council councillors to 5 days of the Open Golf Championship

Graham Burgess invites Wirral Council councillors to 5 days of the Open Golf Championship

                        

The new councillor for Birkenhead and Tranmere, Cllr Pat Cleary mentions on his blog in a post “Par for the course” about Wirral Council councillors being invited to a reception at the Open Golf Championship on the 16th July.

However the invites to councillors go beyond just one reception and are for five days of the Open Golf Championship as the below email sent to councillors shows:

From:
Sent: 12 June 2014 11:49
Subject: Your Invitations to The Open Golf Championship

Dear Councillors,

Your Invitations to the Open Golf Championship

Following your invitation to attend the Member Reception on Wednesday 16th July, we would like to extend your invitations to the following days:

  • Thursday 17th – Key Business Day
  • Friday 18th – Off-shore Wind Business and Guests
  • Saturday 19th – Automotive Industry Business and Guests
  • Sunday 20th – Civic reception

Again, as there will be strict parking and security restrictions in and around the course, an exclusive park-and-ride facility will be provided from Egerton House in Birkenhead, to transfer you to and from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.

I would be grateful if you could confirm the day/ days you can attend by emailing gailmooney@wirral.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Burgess signature

Graham Burgess

Chief Executive, Wirral Council

Wirral Host of the Open Championship 2014

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Responses

  1. Comment removed after valid notice of complaint received on 4th July 2014 from Surjit Tour (Head of Legal & Member Services and Monitoring Officer), Department of Transformation and Resources, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED.

    Procedure followed as outlined in The Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013.

    Poster of comment notified on 4th July 2014. Poster indicated they want to remove the comment on 4th July 2014. Comment removed and complainant notified.

    • I’ve no idea how much Wirral Council’s involvement in the Open Golf is costing them, or whether the invites apply to councillors’ “other halves”. Obviously if it’s over £500 it will appear in the list of monthly invoices Wirral Council publish.

  2. Is he taking time off for this junket?

    And while they are all enjoying themselves the staff is being threatened with implication of redundancies and pr.

    • I’ve no idea if Mr. Burgess is going, which is a question best addressed to him.

  3. Will do you honestly think the give a dam about their staff, no its self,self & more self & was ever thus. I despair their arrogance.

  4. Let’s remind ourselves of that heartwarming, encouraging statement Mr Burgess made to all and sundry around the time that he managed to get the Head of HR to recommend to councillors that the pesky 2 year trial contract he’d been placed under be wound up, and he be promoted to a permanent role waaaaaay AHEAD of the due date:

    https://wirralinittogether.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/29-01-14-personalised-bmw-quote.jpg

    The nodding dog 66 at the time were only too pleased to rubber stamp it.

    And this is payback time for the “loyalty” they placed in Burgess – a lovely no-holds-barred jolly and yet another kick in the teeth to our vulnerable people, many of whom have been betrayed by their statutory protectors, and many of whom have suffered or even died.

    The question I would pose is HOW on earth do you place loyalty in somebody who transferred seamlessly from a full-time union post to a full-time management one?

    Unless such transactions are founded in mutual personal advancement, blind self-interest and all-consuming greed.

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