Red-faced Cornwall Councillor Terry Wilkins has come clean by admitting that he does not have an Open University degree saying he was “playing a game” with another person.
The admission comes just two days after Conservative Party member Mr Wilkins conceded that he never been appointed a Member of the British Empire and claimed he was instead the victim of a hoax.
When asked about his profile on the LinkedIn professional profile website where it says he had an Open University degree 2:1 (pending) in Health and Wellness, Mr Wilkins acknowledged that this too was false.
He said: “I had been playing a game against another person.
“This person is jealous and I want to embarrass him.
“I am completely innocent.”
Despite the allegations Mr Wilkins says that he has the support of colleagues from all political parties.
“It’s been a bit traumatic for me but, as I am innocent of any wrong doing, I have continued to carry out my duties as Cornwall Councillor.
“I have been inundated with emails and phone calls of support from all areas of the Council Chamber.
“It is nice to have friends and colleagues from all political parties having their say.”
Mebyon Kernow spokesman and fellow Illogan Parish Councillor Stephen Richardson has sent Mr Wilkins a letter calling for his resignation.
He said: “I believe that it is time that you resigned from your position as Cornwall Councillor and Illogan Parish Councillor.
“You have falsely claimed to have been awarded an MBE and this false claim was used during your election campaign.
“You say that you have never used your false MBE for personal gain, however you were elected as Terry Wilkins MBE and you now hold a public office along with an allowance paid for by council tax payers.
“Your explanation of how you came to make a false claim about being awarded an MBE makes you appear as a victim, I would say that the real victims are the people of Illogan who have trusted in your integrity.
“It has also become clear that you have demonstrated a clear lack of integrity as a member of both Cornwall Council and Illogan Parish Council.”
Cornwall Council Conservative Party leader Fiona Ferguson said: “I entirely appreciate the public concern that there is about this matter.
“The facts surrounding this matter are being investigated and this is all I can say for the time being.”
Mr Wilkins has since removed all mentions of an MBE and Open University degree from his online profiles.