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'EVIL CABAL' WEBLOG BLOCKED BY LIVERPOOL

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Liverpool City Council has blocked access to an internet blog that makes allegations about senior officers associat...
Liverpool City Council has blocked access to an internet blog that makes allegations about senior officers associated with former chief executive Sir David Henshaw.

It is named 'evil cabal' after a remark by former leader Mike Storey (Lib Dem) about Sir David and his supporters.

The two fell out last year after a series of emails in which the leader had made indiscreet remarks about the chief executive were published (LGC, 2 June 2005).

Mr Storey resigned last November and Sir David retired from the council in March.

The blog says it is run by 'Tony Parrish', and claims it had more than 6,000 hits in one day.

A message to readers said: 'There is a huge increase in the number of hits after 6pm - perhaps all council staff are rushing home to log in to their non-council computers and find out more about the cabalists.'

The polemic blog features alleged intrigues against Mr Storey, as well as Sir David's severance arrangements, and relations between senior officers.

A council spokesman refused to comment on whether the blog had been blocked.

He said: 'There are about two million sites blocked by the council because people should use their computers only for work-related stuff.'

Kiron Reid, a senior member of the ruling Lib Dem group, said: 'The council's decision to stick to a 'no comment' line on this only fuels the rumour mill.'

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