Boris ally under investigation over “verbal abuse” allegations

26th April, 2012 2:20 pm

Brian Coleman is a man who is rarely out of the limelight. Regular readers may remember the £120k a year councillor telling a single mum to “live in the real world”. As well as being a Barnet councillor, Coleman is also a member of the London Assembly (and faces the electorate next week).

He’s also an ally of the Tory London Mayor – and serves as Boris Johnson’s fire chief.

Now Coleman has found himself in hot water again, following allegations that he swore at a member of the public during a public meeting. The Barnet Times reports:

“The Conservative politician allegedly called psychiatric nurse Paul Merchant a “tw*t” before telling the Friern Barnet resident to “clear off” in front of a packed Hendon Town Hall.”

This is the second time in just over a week Coleman has been placed under investigation – Political Scrapbook reported last week that Coleman will be questioned over “allegedly misusing his councillor’s parking permit to avoid fees that he introduced”.

Labour’s Andrew Dismore requires a swing of only 5.5% to take the London Assembly seat from Coleman next week

  • Bill Lockhart

    Actually, this story is at least 2 months old. No matter. Coleman is a thoroughly odious  little man. His regime at Barnet has been characterised by bullying arrogance, financial irregularities and misrule by cabal. He brings local “democracy” into disrepute by his every word and action. He is a right-wing mirror image of  Derek Hatton.

     http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/

     I sincerely wish Andrew Dismore well. Sadly we live just over the Barnet/Camden border so my vote can’t help as far as defenestrating Coleman is concerned.

  • charles.ward

    Surely we cannot judge whether this was approriate without finding out if Mr Merchant was, or was not, acting like a tw*t.

    I’m fed up of spineless polititians of all parties sucking up to members of the public who ask stupid questions or act like idiots.

    Politicians should be able to have a robust debate with the public.  When a member of the public just shouts at them and doesn’t engage in a reasoned argument then a politician should be able to tell them they don’t know what they are talking about.

    I’m not just saying this because Coleman is a Tory, I was delighted when Precott punched that guy who through an egg at him.

    There should be nothing wrong with a politician calling a member of the public a “tw*t” if they are acting like a tw*t.

    • Bill Lockhart

       Publically using obscenities to a stranger seems to me to be likely to be” behaviour likely to lead to a breach of the peace”. It certainly would be if the person uttering it was a protester in an anti-government demo speaking to a cop in riot gear.

      I have been a member of a group peacefully and legally protesting a Barnet planning stitch-up, at an organised demonstration with police co-operation. In the council chamber,  Coleman subsequently described us ( mainly middle-class, polite, well-behaved, with many children in willing attendance)  as “a rabble”. His is a world populated by his cronies (few) and his enemies (everyone else).  He’s nothing but a thug, the Bill Sikes of the Tory underworld.

  • Ian Stewart

    Bill, we can all help in our little way –
    http://clemthegem.wordpress.com

Latest

  • Featured News Labour would halt NHS privatisation in the first days of government, says Miliband

    Labour would halt NHS privatisation in the first days of government, says Miliband

    Today Ed Miliband will urge the public to “put the NHS first” on Thursday. Miliband will say that the difference between Labour’s and the Tories’ plans for the NHS shows the big choice for people at the election: between protecting and improving the NHS and more privatisation and reorganisation. He will say that David Cameron must admit what his party’s plans are and publish a Government commission, written by a former supermarket executive, which lays out another re-organisation of the […]

    Read more →
  • News Video Watch George Osborne say in 2007 that the Tories would match Labour spending

    Watch George Osborne say in 2007 that the Tories would match Labour spending

    The Conservatives have regularly said that the 2008 financial crash was caused by Labour’s spending – ignoring the facts which say that it was down to lack of regulation of the banks. That’s something Osborne’s own Permanent Secretary now acknowledges. Yet a fact Labour have pointed out time and again – and the Tories have conveniently ignored – is that the Conservatives backed Labour’s spending plans. Here’s proof of George Osborne, then Shadow Chancellor, saying exactly this in 2007: Here’s […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Video Steve Coogan stars in Labour’s final election broadcast

    Steve Coogan stars in Labour’s final election broadcast

    Labour’s last political broadcast before the election will air tomorrow night on BBC One (6.55pm), BBC Two (6pm) and ITV (6.25pm). It stars BAFTA winning actor Steve Coogan, most famous for his portrayal of Alan Partridge, talking about why he will be voting Labour. Speaking directly to camera, Coogan says: “The great thing about the British people is they have a sense of fairness. And when we see the Conservatives helping their rich friends avoid paying taxes, we know that’s […]

    Read more →
  • Video John Smith attacks the Tories, the SNP and The Sun

    John Smith attacks the Tories, the SNP and The Sun

    After the Sun’s recent decision to back the SNP in Scotland and scaremonger against the SNP in the rest of the UK, here’s former Labour leader John Smith tasking the Tories, the SNP and the Sun to task on Question Time in 1992: Some things never change…

    Read more →
  • News Labour criticise Cameron for dropping out of Citizens UK debate last minute

    Labour criticise Cameron for dropping out of Citizens UK debate last minute

    Tomorrow there will be a pre-election event hosted by Citizens UK, which all of the main party leaders – including David Cameron – were set to attend. But Cameron has dropped out last minute. Ed Miliband Nick Clegg, however, are still set to speak. Labour have criticised this move, saying that Cameron is ducking out of this event, just as he did the TV leaders debate. Lucy Powell, Vice Chair of Labour’s Election Campaign, has said: “David Cameron is ducking […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit