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Councillor Terry Wilkins hands in resignation following MBE and degree furore

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

By Chris Matthews

Cornwall councillor for Illogan,Terry Wilkins, who has tendered his resignation from the  Camborne and Redruth Conservative Association.

Cornwall councillor for Illogan,Terry Wilkins, who has tendered his resignation from the Camborne and Redruth Conservative Association.

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THE red-faced councillor who falsely claimed to have been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) has tendered his resignation.

Cornwall Council member Terry Wilkins had claimed that he was a victim of an "elaborate and malicious hoax" over the fake MBE, and admitted to having never received an Open University degree in health and wellness, as he had previously stated.

He put the degree claim down to "playing a game" to embarrass someone he has not named.

The Conservative elected to represent Illogan in 2009 and 2013 said: "I have resigned from the group and association.

"I am waiting instructions from my legal team on the way to formalise my councillor resignation."

An investigation by the West Briton confirmed Mr Wilkins had never been appointed MBE.

After initially refusing to comment, he said that he had been set up by a former colleague in the Metropolitan Police service while he was a special constable in 1995.

He said he received a medal in the post but decided not to attend the investiture at Buckingham Palace and instead put the medal away in a drawer.

Stuart Odgers, from the Camborne and Redruth Conservative Association, said: "The Camborne and Redruth Conservative Association has conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations surrounding Councillor Terry Wilkins.

"Following these investigations Councillor Wilkins has tendered his resignation which has been accepted.

"We would like to thank Mr Wilkins for his hard work as our county councillor working on behalf of the residents of Illogan and also for his dedication in supporting individuals and various organisations dealing with learning disabilities throughout the county."

On Mr Wilkins' professional profile on the LinkedIn networking website, he listed that he had a pending degree in health and wellness from the Open University.

He later stated that he was completely innocent regarding the matter and was actually playing a game with another person who was jealous of him.

Mr Wilkins has since removed all mentions of an MBE and Open University degree from his online profiles.

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