Revelations about Andrea Hill’s spending get more and more difficult to fathom. The latest is that she spent £205 a night on a hotel, while senior councillors, her bosses, stayed elsewhere at £85 a night.
This happened at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth at the beginning of July last year. Ms Hill stayed at the Haven Hotel at Sandbanks, an exclusive seafront part of nearby Poole.
The council leader Jeremy Pembroke, the opposition Lib Dem and Labour leaders, Kathy Pollard and Sandy Martin, together with cabinet members Colin Noble and Graham Newman stayed close to the conference centre.
It is difficult to think of valid reasons for this to have happened but it would have been natural if the councillors had been very angry. Could it have been after this that Jeremy Pembroke spoke to her about expenses claims? (East Anglian Daily Times and a Wordblog post)
Newspaper reports about the stay at the Haven Hotel, revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request, have appeared in the EADT and the Mail on Sunday. I can’t find a link to the report in the print version of the EADT yesterday nor to the story on the same page quoting a union official as saying Ms Hill would “much rather be at her desk working for the people of Suffolk”.
She is on extended leave while an investigation into a complaint about working conditions in the legal department takes place.