Vice Chairman of the Plymouth Party asks regional party to officers to investigate the missing money allegations and is threatened with expulsion by David Allworthy at HQ

5 May

Vice Chairman of the Plymouth Party asks regional party to officers to investigate the missing money allegations and is threatened with expulsion by David Allworthy at HQ

—–Original Message—–
From: Jan Mortier
Sent: Mon, Jan 11, 2010 8:38 pm


By Email:


Mrs Judith Jolly, Chair of South West Regional Liberal Democrat Party
Mr   Dave Browne, Secretary of South West Regional Liberal Democrats
Mrs Kay Friend, Vice Chair of the South West Regional Liberal Democrat Party

Dear Mrs Jolly, Mr Browne and Mrs Friend,

I write with some concern at what I have learnt from a Chairman of my
local party (at the time) on 26th & 28th of August 2009.

The allegations contained herein are quite serious and I would ask
that you investigate them or to clarify if you have already
investigated them as they relate to a period before my arrival in the
region and membership of the Party.

Naturally upon learning of them I immediately approached the police
and recently being in a position to substantiate them, my concerns
have been logged by the local police.

Having informed the Federal Party last year, I feel it only proper to
inform you as Officers of my regional party who no doubt share an
interest in the transparency and good governance of the democratic
process and of course the Liberal Democrat Party.

I would be grateful for your considered inquiry into these matters.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr Jan Mortier

Vice Chairman, City of Plymouth Liberal Democrat Party


The Allegations about missing money can be read here:


The Response from regional party officer Kay Friend to the request for an investigation
—– Original Message —–
From: “Kay Friend”
To: Jan Mortier ; “Dave Browne” ;
“Judith Jolly”
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:13 PM
Subject: Re:
Dear Mr Mortier
May I remind you that at the present time you are suspended from the
Liberal Democrat Party pending the outcome of an investigation.
Therefore none of the addressees of your email are able to discuss
internal party matters with you. I would also remind you that during
the period of your suspension you no longer hold any party offices so
it is inappropriate and misleading for you to sign any correspondence
as Vice Chairman, City of Plymouth Liberal Democrat Party.
Yours sincerely
Kay Friend.
Chairman of the Local Parties Committee
Dave Browne, regional party secretary contradicts Kay Friend’s and David Allworthy’s statements
From: Dave Browne []
Sent: 09 January 2010 10:18
To: (s) Thomas Sale;
Subject: Re: Clarification

Dear Mr Sale:
In response to your questions in your e-mail of the 8th January:

Mr Mortier is still Vice Chair and holds his other posts, albeit he is suspended
so cannot take part in any party activities or communications. He will remain as
Vice Chair until the outcome of the Party’s disciplinary procedure against him. The
outcome of the disciplinary procedure could range from his membership being revoked
or at the other extreme, his suspension being quashed and his resuming his duties as
Vice Chair and other posts.
It is not for you or me to pre-judge the outcome of the disciplinary procedure so
until then he remains in post but suspended.
When the Chair is vacated, either immediately that local party appoints an Acting
Chair or replacement Chair as per its Constitution, or for legal reasons it should
no longer be recognised to exist. However if it is not resolved fairly quickly then the Region, under its
constitutional responsibilities, would have to use its powers to dissolve the City
of Plymouth Party, removing all the Officers and run Plymouth from the Region. (The
two PPCs would remain in place.)

I trust you will find these explanations helpful.

Dave Browne
Secretary, Devon & Cornwall Liberal Democrats

The response from David Allworthy at LIB HQ

—– Original Message —–
From: “David Allworthy” <>
To: ; ;
Cc: Jan Mortier ; David Allworthy
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: Jan Mortier
Dear Kay

Thank you for forwarding the latest e-mails from Jan Mortier.

For the record the Federal Party has no record of any complaints from Mr
Mortier about the Plymouth Local Party or its affairs.

Taking these maters (which as far as I can see have all already been
dealt with by both the Regional Party and Electoral Commission six months
ago) to the police without going through the correct party processes
first is clearly bringing the Party into disrepute. It will also probably
constitute wasting police time.

It is also clear that Mr Mortier is breaching the terms of his suspension
by describing himself as Vice-Chair when he has been suspended from

I would like to add both of these charges to my fornmal complaint about
Mr Mortier’s behaviour and ask that he is expelled from the party as he
is quite clearly unfit to remain a member given his behaviour over recent


David Allworthy
Head of Compliance and Constitutional Support
Liberal Democrats
4 Cowley Street
Proof that Mr Mortier’s complaint was received by the Lib Dem HQ.

—– Original Message —–
From: “Tamsin Hewett”>
To: Jan Mortier
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:01 PM
Subject: FW: acknowledgment
Dear Jan,

Further to your email to my colleague Maddy below, I can confirm that
we have received your complaint, and it has been passed on to Sal
Jarvis, the Chair of the English Candidates’ Committee for her
consideration. Unfortunately the Candidates’ Office was not fully
staffed when your complaint arrived, so we were not able to forward
the document until after the Christmas break, and Sal was out of the
country on holiday until the 10th January. I am sure she will be in
touch regarding your complaint in due course.

Kind regards

Tamsin Hewett | Head of the English Candidates’ Office
t: 020 7227 1204 | e: | 4 Cowley Street,
Westminster, SW1P 3NB

 —–Original Message—–
From: Jan Mortier
Sent: 10 January 2010 11:40
To: Maddy Pite
Subject: acknowledgment
Dear Maddy,

As you recall, Mid December I sent you my complaint to the English
Candidate’s Chair of the party.

To date I have not received an acknowledgment, only confirmation of
recorded delivery from Royal Mail.

I would be grateful to hear from Ms Jarvis that the complaint has been
received by the party and that it is being looked into.

Kind regards,

Jan Mortier

Vice Chairman of the Plymouth party challenges David Allworthy to investigate Plymouth Lib Dem party accounts
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Jan Mortier
Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Subject: Plymouth Party Accounts
To: David Allworthy <>
Cc: Kay Friend <>, Dave Browne <>, Judith Jolly <>
Dear Mr Allworthy,

I have not had the pleasure of yet meeting you but am aware of your
prior involvement in issues concerning the Liberal Democrats in

It saddens me that the party seems to be more interested in pursuing
personal vendettas than natural justice. That several life long
Liberal Democrats in Plymouth have resigned for this reason would
indicate that this is indeed, most unfortunately, the case.

As compliance officer for the federal party you will no doubt be aware
that statutory civil and criminal offences transcend any internal
party process or obligation. For this reason, I cannot accept your
stated opinion regarding my concerns about the allegations made by

I am well briefed by local members of the inadequacies of previous
investigations, and was informed that the local party has been waiting
for a response for over a year from Kay Friend with regard to Deborah
Earl’s, the partner of Karen Gillard alleged involvement in that
controversy. That Miss Friend was involved in my own membership
suspension suggests a possible conflict of interest, as my suspension
was enacted mere days after bringing up questions regarding that
controversy after my election.

You can imagine my surprise when I learned of your response to my
e-mail to regional party officers, wherein I raised a number of
legitimate concerns regarding the allegations of others about the
Plymouth party’s missing accounts and missing money. Your request that
I be expelled from the party, however, seems in line with regional
party officers’ behavior toward other members raising the issue of
Plymouth Party accounts: namely, to threaten them with suspension of
their membership. Perhaps such thinking makes it logical, then, that
it would be more convenient to suspend a local party than to allow it
to investigate its own, potentially illegal, affairs.

Therefore I challenge you to bring to light any wrong doing that may
have occurred in 2007 and 2008 through an independent and thorough
audit of the bank accounts of the City of Plymouth Liberal Democrat
Party as this is clearly a matter of public interest affecting the
reputation of the party.

I refer you to Tamsen Hewitt at your office, with regard to my
concerns raised last year.

Yours Faithfully

Jan Mortier

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