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FRANK DOBSON'S WIFE CAUGHT UP IN HACKNEY TURMOIL

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The wife of Frank Dobson, shadow environment secretary, is caught up in a bitter row over reorganisation of jobs at...
The wife of Frank Dobson, shadow environment secretary, is caught up in a bitter row over reorganisation of jobs at Hackney LBC which resulted in her receiving a £15,000 pay rise, writes the Evening Standard (p4).

The chair of Hackney's education committee David Phillips, who is a member of the breakaway New Labour group, is asking the chief executive to investigate how a management review of the education department was arranged without chair's authority.

According to the Standard, in the reorganisation, ordered by former education director Gus John, Janet Dobson was set for a 'big promotion' into an assistant director's post, a position she is now filling in an acting capacity.

Cllr Phillips is insisting the post is externally advertised.

A council spokesperson told the Standard that Mrs Dobson 'Has told me to tell you that she was involved in the review as a member of the senior management team.' She was now acting up in the new post of assistant director strategic support services. Under the review her substantive post had disappeared, the spokesperson said.

'The first I knew of it was when I was asked to retrospectively sanction payment to the firm of consultants, which I refused,' said cllr Phillips. 'The payments included an overspend. This was also the first the chief executive knew of the matter.'

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