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Home Office continues to monitor dispute over suspended chief fire officer

Patrick Byrne
BBC News

The Home Office has been monitoring the dispute over the suspension of Essex chief fire officer David Johnson, but the minister for policing and the fire service, Brandon Lewis , has not written to Essex Fire and Rescue regarding costs. 

He said it was entirely a matter for the  Essex Fire Authority  (made up of councillors from Essex County Council, Southend Council and Thurrock Council).

"We are encouraged that the improvement panel is seeing progress being made and will continue to monitor this situation very closely," a Home Office spokesman said.

The 10 allegations against Mr Johnson include: 

  • Mr Johnson stayed in luxury accommodation during the Fire Conference in Cardiff against the verbal instruction of the chairman of the fire authority 
  • He failed to give adequate notice of an annual leave booking and was frequently absent from work 
  • He inflamed a dispute with the Fire Brigades Union by issuing a press release ahead of strike action just before Christmas 2013



Teacher parking ticket plan halted

No fines were issued during a £5,000 trial to get teachers and parents to police the roads outside a primary school, it emerges.



Labour loses seats but holds councils

Despite the loss of some seats, Labour holds on to most of its councils in an election that sees the make-up of England's councils largely unchanged.

UKIP take six seats in Thurrock

UKIP win six seats on Thurrock Council and just miss out on being the largest party by a single vote.



Polls close after day of voting

Voting closes in council and police and crime commissioner elections held in Essex.

Polls open in council and PCC elections

Voting begins in elections being held in Essex.



Police speak to MEP in sex assault claim

UKIP member of the European Parliament Tim Aker voluntarily speaks to police over allegations of sexual assault.



Teachers given parking ticket powers

Teachers and parents in Thurrock are being asked to act as traffic wardens with powers to issue parking tickets outside schools.



'Not fit-for-purpose' contract ended

A 15-year services contract awarded by an Essex council worth £20m a year to provider Serco is ended early.



Five sentenced over half-mile tip

Five men are sentenced after waste from their homes and businesses was found on a half-mile long fly-tipping site.
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