Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Scientology and the Thurrock Mayors-See what you would miss without the Freedom of Information Act!

THERE are arguments for and against, the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). We are not going to go into them here.

But we thought this would be a good time to revisit one of our favourite FOI’s that relates to Thurrock.

In 2009, a William Thackery asked the following question

"Please provide details of any Scientology related correspondence in

respect of, and any Scientology related events attended by, Ian Harrison,

Ex-Mayor of Thurrock, and Daphne Hart, Ex-Mayoress".

The information below has been supplied in response to your request for

the above mentioned information. We hope the information supplied

satisfies your original request.

The answer was:

The Mayor receives an invitation every year to the Annual Gala Charity

Concert at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead. This, I believe, is the

Hubbard Foundation headquarters. In the past five years the attendance has

been as follows:

26.10.03 – Cllr Gerard Rice and Guest attended concert.

31.10.04 – Cllr Ian Harrison & Guest attended concert.

23.10.05 – Cllr Colin Churchman & Guest accepted the invitation but were

unable to go at the last minute. An employee attended in his place and

went with a guest to the concert.

22.10.06 – Cllr Joy Redsell declined the invitation but subsequently went

on a private visit to Saint Hill Manor on 07.02.07. She received lunch and

a small paperweight as a memento of the visit.

28.10.07 – Cllr Diane Revell & Cllr Mike Revell attended concert.

There are no other records of any gifts, hospitality or donations by

Scientology Organisations.


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