Coleman labelled 'unapologetic miscreant' for disposing of council laptop

Councillor Brian Coleman

Councillor Brian Coleman

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Disgraced councillor Brian Coleman slipped out of the council chambers before members criticised the “persistent and unapologetic miscreant” for throwing away a laptop belonging to the authority.

A total of 53 Barnet Borough councillors voted in favour of censuring Cllr Coleman after hearing how he breached the members’ code of conduct by disposing of council property.

Speaking at last night’s full council meeting, council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius said: “It’s a very serious matter.

“This computer has been lost, destroyed, sold, who knows what and who knows what data’s on it as well.”

Cllr Brian Salinger also raised concern over data protection, questioning whether Cllr Coleman was “trying to hide” anything on the laptop.

He said: “Did the panel give any consideration to the implications for data protection, assuming as one must, that the computer included personal details relating to any case work that Cllr Coleman might have done.”

Cllr Coleman was permanently expelled from the Conservative party last year after he was convicted for assaulting cafe owner Helen Michael in North Finchley.

Cllr Salinger added:  “One misdemeanour might justify a slap across the wrists but there comes a point where anything short of suspension or removal from office altogether is the only way of dealing with persistent and unapologetic miscreants.”

Cllr Salinger also asked whether there are any further disciplinary matters involving Cllr Coleman, who will stand as an independent candidate for Totteridge in the May elections.

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12:22am Thu 6 Mar 14

Mike NW7 says...

Coleman is a coward for walking out of the meeting like that.
Coleman is a coward for walking out of the meeting like that. Mike NW7
  • Score: 7

10:05am Thu 6 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

Mike NW7 wrote:
Coleman is a coward for walking out of the meeting like that.
Brian Coleman is more than just a coward. The insults you can throw at him include bully, fraudster, liar and much more. He is a self-serving and obnoxious ogre.
But I blame the voters of Totteridge. How can they have been so stupid as to elect and then re-elect this rogue?
[quote][p][bold]Mike NW7[/bold] wrote: Coleman is a coward for walking out of the meeting like that.[/p][/quote]Brian Coleman is more than just a coward. The insults you can throw at him include bully, fraudster, liar and much more. He is a self-serving and obnoxious ogre. But I blame the voters of Totteridge. How can they have been so stupid as to elect and then re-elect this rogue? Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 8

7:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

dawboy says...

Unfortunately too many voters in Totteridge would have voted for a donkey if it was standing for election for the Conservative Party. They in fact voted for a self-serving reprobate who has no regard for anything or anyone other than himself.
I can only implore that the voters of Totteridge search their morality and no longer give this freeloading bully the opportunity of receiving any more money from the good people of Barnet. I do not care who the people of Totteridge vote for, as long as it isn't Coleman.
Unfortunately too many voters in Totteridge would have voted for a donkey if it was standing for election for the Conservative Party. They in fact voted for a self-serving reprobate who has no regard for anything or anyone other than himself. I can only implore that the voters of Totteridge search their morality and no longer give this freeloading bully the opportunity of receiving any more money from the good people of Barnet. I do not care who the people of Totteridge vote for, as long as it isn't Coleman. dawboy
  • Score: 8

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