|Cllr Paul Tweed gave me|
a public dressing down
At that point I looked up and said indignantly: "Excuse me Cllr Tweed, I haven't said a word!"
Jim put up his hand like a naughty school boy and said. "It was me!"
The officers, particularly Andy Wallis, the out-going Planning Director, were doing their best not to break out into laughter.
Paul quickly apologised and we moved on. A few minutes later Peter Cowley, Sefton's Principal Solicitor, appeared at my side with a hastily written apology from Paul. I can only assume that Peter had warned him I might sue for defamation of character if he didn't put it in writing. I looked across at Paul and smiled.
After the meeting, somewhat embarrassed, he repeated the apology. I told him not to worry, we all make mistakes, and was it okay if I printed his apology in Focus?
This time there was loud laughter from several officers.