Totteridge Councillor Brian Coleman angrily denies debate appearance at Friern Barnet Library

Councillor Coleman said he would rather gouge his own eyes out than appear on the panel

Councillor Coleman said he would rather gouge his own eyes out than appear on the panel

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Expelled Tory councillor Brian Coleman says he would rather gouge his own eyes out than appear at a public debate alongside the woman he was convicted of assaulting.

The Totteridge politician had been billed to sit alongside Helen Michael at the ‘Any Questions?’ event in Friern Barnet Library next month but, having previously refused to comment, he angrily denied the suggestion this afternoon.

Organiser Keith Martin included Mr Coleman’s name on an advertised line-up for the debate alongside Ms Michael, a blogger named Roger Tichborne, Labour councillor Kath McGuirk and panel chairman Barabara Jacobson, from the Barnet Alliance for Public Services.

But Cllr Coleman, Barnet’s former GLA member, wrote on Twitter: “I have not and never have had any intention of appearing anywhere with Tichbourne(sic), Michaels or Jacobson, now is that clear to everyone?

“In fact if you want a quote, here it is: ‘I would rather gouge my own eyes out than spend an evening with these people’.”

Café owner Ms Michael had extended the invitation to the former Barnet Mayor on the promise she would drop a defamation claim against him.

He was convicted last year of assaulting the business owner during a row over parking in North Finchley High Road, and was subsequently expelled from the Conservative Party.

Asked if he had confirmation of Cllr Coleman’s attendance on the panel, organiser Mr Martin said this afternoon: “Councillor Coleman has begun to vacillate and suggest conditions so, no, I do not yet have his unreserved confirmation.”

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7:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Good on you Geezer.
Good on you Geezer. Neville Longbottom
  • Score: -10

9:55am Thu 13 Feb 14

chris stevens says...

We live in hope Brian, we live in hope...........
We live in hope Brian, we live in hope........... chris stevens
  • Score: 3

9:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Cadwallader says...

He's about as welcome as chlamydia in New Barnet given his past behaviour here. Easier to spot though. Should be an interesting evening.

Or a fascinating defamation trial.
He's about as welcome as chlamydia in New Barnet given his past behaviour here. Easier to spot though. Should be an interesting evening. Or a fascinating defamation trial. Cadwallader
  • Score: 5

10:04am Fri 14 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

How on earth has the Totteridge ward managed to elect and re-elect the obnoxious Brian Coleman since 1998? I hope the electors will have seen sense by the time they vote in the 2014 election.

As well as being convicted for assaulting Helen Michael, he also faced a charge of careless driving after he escaped the scene of his crime by jumping into his car and speeding off with both doors open, hitting a lorry.

Coleman has also twice been ruled to have broken Barnet Council's code of conduct after sending abusive emails to Barnet residents. His defence on the first occasion cost Barnet taxpayers £10,000.

And as recently as September 2013, Coleman was described as having stormed out of a Barnet Council meeting after losing an appeal against a ruling that he had broken the code of conduct by failing to treat others with respect. According to this newspaper, he had sent abusive e-mails to the chairperson of Age UK's local branch and at a Barnet cabinet meeting had described a psychiatric nurse as a "****".

It seems to me that the only **** in evidence is the loathsome Brian Coleman himself.
How on earth has the Totteridge ward managed to elect and re-elect the obnoxious Brian Coleman since 1998? I hope the electors will have seen sense by the time they vote in the 2014 election. As well as being convicted for assaulting Helen Michael, he also faced a charge of careless driving after he escaped the scene of his crime by jumping into his car and speeding off with both doors open, hitting a lorry. Coleman has also twice been ruled to have broken Barnet Council's code of conduct after sending abusive emails to Barnet residents. His defence on the first occasion cost Barnet taxpayers £10,000. And as recently as September 2013, Coleman was described as having stormed out of a Barnet Council meeting after losing an appeal against a ruling that he had broken the code of conduct by failing to treat others with respect. According to this newspaper, he had sent abusive e-mails to the chairperson of Age UK's local branch and at a Barnet cabinet meeting had described a psychiatric nurse as a "****". It seems to me that the only **** in evidence is the loathsome Brian Coleman himself. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 7

10:11am Fri 14 Feb 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

I see that the insult that Brian Coleman used to describe the psychiatric nurse is considered so awful that the Times Series website automatically replaced it with an asterisk in my previous post. The objectionable word begins and ends with a T and has a W and an A in the middle. For those who don't realise it, the word is a synonym for a four-letter word that begins with a C and would also presumably be replaced by asterisks.
I see that the insult that Brian Coleman used to describe the psychiatric nurse is considered so awful that the Times Series website automatically replaced it with an asterisk in my previous post. The objectionable word begins and ends with a T and has a W and an A in the middle. For those who don't realise it, the word is a synonym for a four-letter word that begins with a C and would also presumably be replaced by asterisks. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 2

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