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


Plymouth Party treasurer raises concerns about David Allworthy and proposes to “stringently interview” a 19 year old elected officer

5 May

———- Forwarded message ———-

Date: 2010/1/13
To: parl cand   ‘Stuart Bonar’>, Rebecca Trimnell
Cc:  ppc   ‘Judy Evans’>,
1) yes I can make it.
2) The item re; the interview process for Dominic needs clarifying; it
has to be that we discuss the process and designate a date for it to
happen. Recent events make this likel;y to be a more stringent process.
3) Possibly we should discuss the negative noises emanating from Dave
4) In the light of allegations made against me by an, as yet, unknown
individual I have reservations about using my house for any Lib Dem
activity. The allegations are unfounded. To my mind they emanate from
a petty, spiteful wretched creature whom I will make official
complaint against, especially as the nature of the allegations bears
the hallmarks of similar actions.I do not wish to work with such
people. We should perhaps  be looking at some code of conduct for all
members.This in part is a result of the resignation by Dave Jolly and
the reasons behind it.
5) In the light of the above, we will have to be ‘squeaky clean’
interms of how we conduct the meeting etc.
We really could do without the trivial, rather puerile behaviour that
has characterised so much of this last year.

Chair of Devon Cornwall Lib Dems informs 20 year old data officer: He should not have gone to the police

5 May

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Judith Jolly <>
Date: 2010/1/16
Subject: Re: EARS Data
To: Max Harding
Cc: Kay Friend <>

Dear Max,

Thank you for your email.  I am copying my response to Kay Friend who
is Vice Chair of the Regional Executive and Chair of the Region’s
Local Parties Committee.  As Chair of the region I do not have any
part in these proceedings.  She will be in touch with you about this.
I am sure that you will understand that as a volunteer, and someone in
full time employment this may not be immediate.

I note that you have reported this to the Police.  I would be
grateful if you restricted sensitive emails to party members.

Dave Browne is secretary to the Regional Executive and is among the
most respected and experienced in the party.

As I said above, I am unable to answer the points raised in you last
three paragraphs.

The Local Party’s Committee follows the regional and federal
constitution when dealing with such issues and the policies and
procedures are all adhered to. The Regional Constitution is approved
by the Federal party. Sometimes they appear longwinded and
bureaucratic.  These can be found in the Constitution of the Party.


Judith Jolly
Chair Executive Committee
Devon & Cornwall Liberal Democrats

—– Original Message —–

From: “Max Harding”
To: <>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2010 10:17 PM
Subject: Fwd: EARS Data

Dear Mrs Jolly,

Regarding the two e-mails from Mr Browne to me, I am twenty years old
and carrying out my constitutional obligations as elected Data

His two e-mails to me are threatening.

I have reported this incident at Charles Cross police station, (on the 9th of January)

As Data Officer I have access to the online database of Plymouth
members, I can see that there is only one suspended member in
Plymouth. Mr Browne has said that the suspended member is pending
revocation, as Mr Browne is responsible for correspondance on behalf
of the South-West region Liberal Democrat party, would this imply that
a decision has already been made by the party to revoke the suspended
member’s membership before any investigation or hearing is concluded?

Has the investigation been prejudiced by Mr Brownes statement on
behalf of the party?

Is Mr Brownes conduct sanctioned by the party?


Max Harding

Lib Dem Council candidate Rebecca Trimnell appoints herself chair of the party two days after Chairman David Jolly resigns

5 May

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: [New Plymouth] Clarification
From:    “Tom Sale”
Date:    Fri, January 8, 2010 10:50 pm
To:      “” <>
         “” <>
         “” <>
Cc:      “” <>
         “” <>
Dear Dave Browne, Kay Friend & Rebecca Trimnell,

I am writing to you all as secretaries of the local and regional party following the advice from my conversation with Paul Rustad, English party administrator.

I have come across several things which I need some clarification on. As the membership development officer I have access to and am in charge of making sure the members’ details are kept up to date. I am also aware from the constitution that the local secretary is obliged to inform Cowley street by January 2nd of the composition of the executive committee.
Having recently viewed the database several things have come to my attention.

I noticed that Mr Dominic House has not been included on the executive list, although I clearly remember that he was elected as the Youth  officer without any objections. The only thing I can think of is that a member suggested that his election be subject to a further meeting. however reading through the constitution I can find no reason to base such a stipulation, especially considering that Rebbecca Trimnel was voted in as secretary while not present but without objections. If you could help clarify this situation for me it would be greatly appreciated as I have had a request from Mr House who wishes to know what the situation is.

And, as I am sure you are aware, unfortunately our chairman resigned on January 2nd. Therefore I would have expected the executive list to state that if it had not been edited that David Jolly was chairman, or if it had been updated, that the position of chairman would state vacant. However it currently states that Dr Rebecca Trimnell is chair / convener as of January 4th. Can you please clarify what this means, as well as the party policy with regard to this situation?

Thank you very much for your help, I look forward to meeting you all and working together to ensure a successful year for the city of Plymouth.

Kind regards,

Tom Sale

City of Plymouth Membership Development Officer

Second Chairman resigns over party’s refusal to investigate conduct of PPC

4 May
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: David Jolly Date: Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM
Subject: Gooddbye

“The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.”
Preamble to the Federal Constitution

I received the email below from the Liberal Democrats Compliance Officer just prior to Christmas.

Now, having compared its contents and messages against the preamble to the constitution and taking into account the actions of some members of the local party, past and present, I formed a view.

Based on that view I terminated my Party Membership today at 12:00.
Please remove my contact details from any Liberal Democrats communication medium whether it is electronic or paper based immediately on receipt of this email.


— On Thu, 10/12/09, David Alworthy> wrote:

> From: David Alworthy>
> Subject: Re: City of Plymouth
> To: David Jolly
> Cc:,
> Date: Thursday, 10 December, 2009, 18:36
> David
> Thanks for the reminder and sorry for the delay in replying
> its been a
> hectic week for local party problems I’m afraid.
> I can confirm that at the moment it is not my intention to
> proceed with
> any further action against anybody else in Plymouth Local
> Party despite
> the evidence in my possession.
> This is based our conversation on Monday that it is your
> intention as
> Chair to ensure that all future activity by the Local Party
> is directed
> at getting your two PPC’s Judy Evens and Stuart Bonar the
> best results at
> the General Election.
> However I will also confirm that it is my intention to keep
> the matters I
> am currently aware of on file and  that if there is no
> improvement in the
> behaviour of the Plymouth Executive Committee as
> individuals and
> collectively then further action under the relevant
> constitutional
> clauses may well be initiated.
> Thanks again for ringing on Monday and I hope you are
> successful in your
> attempts to move things forward.
> David
> David Allworthy
> Head of Compliance and Constitutional Support
> Liberal Democrats
> 4 Cowley Street
> London
> SW1P 3NB
> 020 7227 1339
> Information in this email is confidential and may be
> privileged. It is
> intended for the addressee only.
> If you have received it in error, please notify the sender
> immediately
> and delete it from your system.
> You should not otherwise copy it, retransmit, nor use or
> disclose its
> contents. Unless explicitly stated,
> details in this message do not reflect the opinion of the
> Liberal
> Democrats.
> Thank you for your cooperation.

1st Plymouth Chairman resigns over conduct of PPC Judy Evans, Evans threatens to destroy data

4 May

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Steve Barton <>
Date: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: City of Plymouth EARS
To: judy evans
Cc: David Jolly , Judith Jolly , Dave Browne , Steve Turner , Rebecca Trimnell , Christina Maccullie , Liz Barton , Steven Clarke , Richard Lawrie , Stuart Bonar
Dear Judy,
Many thanks for your reply timed at 1544 hrs on 24th August.
It grieves me that you have failed to answer most of the points raised in my email timed at 1213 of the same date.
1)  You have never acknowledged our thanks to you for helping with the funds to obtain EARS, despite two emails thanking you.
2)  You have admitted that Mr Campbell had access to EARS, despite NOT being a member of the Liberal Democrat Party.
3)  That you have failed to acknowledge point 2, after having received advice from Dave Browne, who clearly states that no-one who is not a party member should have access to the data contained within EARS, other than to threaten to destroy the data which is clearly needed by Rebecca’s team for the forthcoming by-election.
4)  You have not answered our concerns regarding the Party membership of Andy Campbell, and whether he is eligible to become a member of the Plymouth Party.
5)  You fail to answer the point in which you object to our choice of EARS Officer.
6)  You fail to respond to our request to have EARS passed to an Executive member.
7)  You also request that I reply to your email with an apology.
In view of points 1 – 7, I feel that your requested apology is beyond comprehension.
Another concern of mine, is that you announced to the Executive at the last meeting, that you admitted that you “Deliberately failed to mention to the Selection Panel that you will be away for three weeks in February/March 2010 as a Ship’s Doctor, with Fred Olsen Line, and unavailable to our Party for Constituency work”.
When I was first approached to help re-build the City of Plymouth Liberal Democrat Party, I was asked, quite rightly, “What is in it for you?”.
I responded that I don’t have an ego, nor do I have any political aspirations.  I just wanted to be a part of an organisation which had my ideals and values, and I wanted to work hard to raise our local profile, and to build links with other Constituencies nearby, in order that we could move forwards as a united party.  This is why I have copied the Chair of South West Devon into this response.
At the recent Executive meeting, you commented that you intend to work alone, running your own campaign, with your own staff.  This is a decision which I respect.
However, your actions thus far have involved many negative and destructive comments to several Executive members, to which I see two possible outcomes:
1)  You are de-selected as a PPC, as you clearly have your own agenda/ego, and disregard  requests which are made of you by the Executive.   You also kept your period of unavailability hidden from the Selection Panel, which may have been prejudicial to other candidates in the selection process.   or,
2)  That I stand down as Chair, as after eighteen months of turmoil and re-building, I feel that I have not  got the enthusiasm or strength to tackle up to eight months of negative correspondence and confrontation with you.
It is with that in mind, and with great sadness, that I am tendering my resignation as both Chair and an Executive Member.
I feel proud to have built a local Party of which the Liberal Democrat Party can be proud, however I am not prepared to work with someone who feels that they have to ‘dictate’ to a democratic party, and not address any concerns which continue to be raised.
Steve Barton
City of Plymouth Liberal Democrats
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On 24 Aug 2009, at 15:44, judy evans wrote:
Dear Steve,
 I am appalled at the tone of your e mail and wish that you had made sure you were fully conversant with all the facts before writing such a letter to me.
This all began when one of the exec called me at 0530 on Saturday. He told me he was worried that I was breaking the law by using the EARS data.
AS A RESULT OF THIS, AND THIS ONLY I offered to destroy the data, that I had worked on all evening for Becci.-  this was the printed data,  by which I was supposed to have broken the law, NEVER the main discs.
 Then Dave Jolly became involved, and after a few more e mails, Dave Browne, who sorted out very clearly that  I was not breaking the law, and had every right to the data.
I still have the sheets which I have printed out for Becci and am meeting her this afternoon to give them to her and offer her my help in her campaign.
It is absolutely outrageous that you would suggest that I would do anything to undermine her, or any of the party who are trying to fight an election.
I hope you will be able to go and back and find out the facts, and apologise to me.

Subject: City of Plymouth EARS
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:13:06 +0100
CC:; David Jolly
Dear Judy,

As you know I have been away for three of the last four weeks, although I have managed to keep up to date with the exchange of emails, and others which have been forwarded to me to enable me to keep abreast of developments.
We as an Executive have thanked you for your generosity in helping to obtain EARS.
I am very much saddened to read comments in your emails, in which you clearly feel EARS should be kept and used by your ‘paid assistant’, and used as a tool against us.  I refer to the comments made in your email dated 22nd August to David Jolly, which featured the following comment ‘I have the much wanted canvas cards for Becci in my possession and they will be valuable to her in the next few days, but of course I can destroy them if that is what people want.’.  Rebecca, as you know is standing in Ham, on 3rd September, and we as a Party are working hard to gain support for her.  The possession of Data which could help her, and the threat to dispose of it, is not the behavior I would expect from a PPC.  Having gone through the selection process myself, I do not consider these actions to be appropriate.
In your opening comments, of the same email, you also make the following comments – ‘ I refer you back to your own minutes again! I made it clear that I intended to have Andy Campbell as my campaign EARS officer. He is a lapsed member of the Plymouth branch, and previous council candidate. Perhaps he left for the same reasons as others!  ‘. 
We have worked tirelessly to bring the Plymouth Party to it’s current position, with the assistance of Region, and have received favourable comments.  I am not entirely sure what you are implying in this statement regarding his leaving, although I am hoping that it is to our benefit.
Your first comment in the text states that as per David’s Minutes, you would like Andy Campbell as your EARS Officer.
In the same minutes, David clearly points out that no-one outside of the Liberal Democrat Party should have access to the data.  As you state in your email, Mr Campbell is a lapsed member, so until such time as he is a member, he should not have had any access to the data.  It is my understanding that whether he joins locally, or on-line, Cowley Street take the subscriptions anyway, returning a portion to us.  As he has access to the data, I suggest he joins at the earliest, although I believe membership of a Party is on the basis that you either live or work within the Constituency.  I believe he does neither, unless you can state otherwise.
We, as a Party, already have a nominated EARS Officer, although he currently holds another post.  This for us is quite simple, as we have already chosen a new EARS Officer.  It seems that you are not happy with this choice, yet will not tell us why.  Subject to Andy Campbell being a member, we have no objection to his continued support to you, although we will not accept him as our EARS Officer.  Our Executive will not have someone unknown to us as  an Officer of this Party.
Twelve months ago, we had only two active people, and in my position as Chair, along with David Jolly, we have built a full Executive, and have empowered others in their roles to become an active and valued member of the Executive.  Your support to their efforts would be appreciated, as we hope to support you in representing us.
We would appreciate it if you could therefore pass the EARS discs to an Executive member, in order that we may continue to build the Plymouth Party into a Party of which we can all be proud.
Steve Barton
City of Plymouth Liberal Democrats
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Kay Friend, Chair of the Local Parties Committee suspends the Plymouth Liberal Democrat Party

4 May

Regional Party letter suspension letter

Devon and Cornwall Liberal Democrats

Dr Rebecca Trimnell, Acting Chairman?, City of Plymouth Local Party
Dear Dr. Trimnell

I am writing to notify you that the Devon & Cornwall Regional Liberal Democrat Party is exercising their right to suspend the City of Plymouth Local Party under Rule 6.7 of the Regional Constitution 2009 for the following reasons:

1) Two Chairmen in succession have resigned.
2) The Vice Chair is suspended while an investigation is carried out.
3) The Data Officer is suspended an investigation is carried out into his conduct.
4) The Treasurer is threatening: “to make formal complaints regarding more than one party members with a view to getting them either expelled or excluded from holding office”.)
5) Two members of the Executive have made formal complaints to the police regarding various party matters.
6) All the above has led to a local paper planning to publish a story this week along the lines; “Plymouth Lib Dems implode”.
Whilst the suspension is in place the affairs of the Plymouth Local Party will be conducted by the Regional Party in accordance with the powers and responsibilities detailed in 6.9 of the Regional Constitution. The PPCs should lodge a campaign plan with the Local Parties Committee and this will form the basis of the agreed activities that the Plymouth Party can carry out without requiring further authority from the Regional Executive. The finances of the Plymouth Party come under the control of the Regional Treasurer (other signatories to be agreed).
I enclose a copy of the Regional Constitution for your information.
Please contact me if you have further questions
Yours sincerely

Kay Friend, Chair of the Local Parties Committee
Cc: Mr Richard Lawrie Treasurer, Plymouth Party, Dr Judy Evans, Stuart Bonar
Judith Jolly Regional Chairman, Dave Browne Regional Secretary, Steve Kenny Regional Treasurer, David Allworthy Head of Compliance and Constitutional Support