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Disciplinary hearing over e-mail
E-mail sent by Paul Masterman
The e-mail gave technical advice on how to influence the vote
A council communications chief, who was suspended after giving tips on how to influence an online poll, is facing a disciplinary hearing.

Paul Masterman e-mailed colleagues at Shropshire County Council advising them on how they could vote more than once.

The poll, on the BBC Shropshire Where I Live site, asked if people were for or against a merger of local authorities in the county. It has since closed.

A date for the disciplinary hearing has not yet been set.

A statement from Shropshire County Council said its internal investigation had been completed.

Mr Masterman has since apologised for sending the e-mail, which gave council staff technical advice on how to get around software on the BBC website which aims to keep polls accurate.

When it closed, with thousands of votes already registered, 36% were in favour of the merger with 64% against it.


SEE ALSO
Council suspends boss over e-mail
16 Jan 07 |  Shropshire
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15 Jan 07 |  Shropshire
Residents debate council merger
04 Jan 07 |  Shropshire
Councillors back merger proposal
20 Nov 06 |  Shropshire

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