Illogan councillor with fake MBE will resign

Illogan councillor with fake MBE will resign

Illogan councillor with fake MBE will resign

First published in News

Camborne and Redruth Conservative Association has confirmed that a councillor who hit the news after an investigation found he did not have a claimed MBE, is to resign from Cornwall Council.

A spokesman for the association said that following a "thorough investigation into the allegations" regarding Terry Wilkins, Mr Wilkins had tendered his resignation which has been accepted.

Mr Wilkins will resign from both the authority and his local Conservative association.

Mr Wilkins faced calls to step down over the false claim, which he claimed was the result of an "elaborate and malicious hoax", by an “aggrieved ex-colleague”.

The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood has said it had no record him receiving the honour, saying: ""Despite a search we can find no trace of any living person with the name Terence (or Terry, Terrence or Terrance) E Wilkins having received an MBE or any other British honour for which we hold records."

Mr Wilkins has blamed a hoax by a former colleague for the 'unwitting' mistake, adding he had received an official looking letter confirming the award and a medal while a special constable with the Metropolitan Police in London.

He did not attend any ceremony as he was "embarassed" at the time.

Mr Wilkins, a Cornwall councillor since 2009, has been using the title MBE in emails and his profile on the Cornwall Council included the false claim, until recently.

A second claim online that he had a degree pending from the Open University was also found to be false, with this blamed on "playing a game" with a person he wanted to "embarrass". 

 

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4:22pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I not condoning his actions, but I doubt very much he is the only Cornwall Councillor to mislead the public with information, at election time.
I not condoning his actions, but I doubt very much he is the only Cornwall Councillor to mislead the public with information, at election time. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

How many Councillors stand as Independents for election, and gain votes for that standing? which ones are really Independent?
Does anyone even question any councillor claiming to be Independent?
How many Councillors stand as Independents for election, and gain votes for that standing? which ones are really Independent? Does anyone even question any councillor claiming to be Independent? Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 3

8:03am Tue 29 Apr 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Oh look at the thumbs down on here, perhaps there's some naive person out there or a disgruntled Independent Cllr. Well thumbs down don't stop talk.
This Cllr Wilkins was right to resign from the council, he lied to the voters about his MBE, and so should any Independent Cllr resign I think, that isn't really Independent. Cllrs should set an example and get voted in fairly.
As for the Conservative party wanting Cllr Wilkins out, don't think they're squeaky clean either.
Oh look at the thumbs down on here, perhaps there's some naive person out there or a disgruntled Independent Cllr. Well thumbs down don't stop talk. This Cllr Wilkins was right to resign from the council, he lied to the voters about his MBE, and so should any Independent Cllr resign I think, that isn't really Independent. Cllrs should set an example and get voted in fairly. As for the Conservative party wanting Cllr Wilkins out, don't think they're squeaky clean either. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Alanhj says...

You say in your report "Mr Wilkins has blamed a hoax by a former colleague for the 'unwitting' mistake, adding he had received an official looking letter confirming the award and a medal while a special constable with the Metropolitan Police in London."
Ask anyone in Illogan and they will tell you that Mr. Wilkins stated that he was a retired Chief Inspector with the Met Police certainly not a special constable!
You say in your report "Mr Wilkins has blamed a hoax by a former colleague for the 'unwitting' mistake, adding he had received an official looking letter confirming the award and a medal while a special constable with the Metropolitan Police in London." Ask anyone in Illogan and they will tell you that Mr. Wilkins stated that he was a retired Chief Inspector with the Met Police certainly not a special constable! Alanhj
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

It is increasingly begining to appear to me as if Mr Wilkins suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I believe honesty and trustworthiness is more important in the role of councillor than adorning ones emails to the public with a notable award or qualification, particularly when they are fictitious!
It is increasingly begining to appear to me as if Mr Wilkins suffers from delusions of grandeur. I believe honesty and trustworthiness is more important in the role of councillor than adorning ones emails to the public with a notable award or qualification, particularly when they are fictitious! Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 0

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