Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Guardian Diary, on Brian Coleman

"Brian Coleman, former chair of the London Assembly, former chair of the mayor's fire authority in London, and until recently one of the highest remunerated councillors in the country, has been less fortunate [than Andrew Mitchell].

"A contretemps last week with a long-time rival in Barnet, his north London fiefdom, saw Cllr Coleman arrested on suspicion of common assault. She had accused the man who led the parking restriction regime in the borough of himself parking illegally.

"Things got out of hand. There was a tussle for her cameraphone, it was said, and his car apparently hit a truck. His version may conflict. 'Law and Order' day at Tory conference should be interesting."

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Barnet Times:
"Barnet Council could take action against Conservative Councillor Brian Coleman for ignoring tribunal order over rude emails"

"Disgraced senior Tory Brian Coleman has ignored tribunal orders telling him to apologise for sending rude emails to members of the public.

"Barnet Council is looking into the matter and has asked the tribunals service for advice on possible sanctions for the Totteridge representative.

"Former GLA member Councillor Coleman was given 28 days from August 8 to retract remarks made to father-of-three Ron Cohen and Doctor Charlotte Jago."

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Evening Standard:
"Brian Coleman: I won’t say sorry for 'Blackshirt' slur"

"Tory firebrand Brian Coleman’s future was in 'uncharted territory' today after he defied orders to apologise for likening a constituent to a 'Blackshirt'.

"The veteran Barnet councillor was told to say sorry within a month of being found to have broken the local authority’s code of conduct. But as the deadline elapsed, he was defiant, saying he was not obliged to retract the jibe, written in an email to Dr Charlotte Jago."

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