If things weren’t bad enough among Northumberland County Council’s political leadership, a data breach just adds insult to injury.
Labour Group leader Susan Dungworth said: “When you are conducting council business this must be done through the council’s email.
“Those emails are the property of the council and the rules associated with the correct use of the email system apply to us all.
“So, when we hear of a potential data breach, it is annoying and disappointing, and it also shows, at best, ignorance of the procedures and, at worst, a deliberate act to disobey the correct procedures.”
“We understand the leader of the council, who was removed due to a vote of no confidence last week, is ‘hitting back’ by making allegations about the Northumbria Alliance Project in association with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
“Anyone with a shred of integrity would allow an investigation to take place and let the findings speak for themselves. There is wisdom in not digging any further when you are already in a hole.
“We know this information was released to the former leader’s own party colleagues just days before the no confidence vote to try and discredit council officers and save his own skin. It failed miserably.”