Mayor of London tells GLA member for Barnet Andrew Dismore to 'stop attacking councillors' reputations'

Mayor of London tells GLA member Andrew Dismore to 'stop attacking councillor's reputations'

Mayor of London tells GLA member Andrew Dismore to 'stop attacking councillor's reputations'

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An agitated Boris Johnson ordered Barnet GLA member Andrew Dismore to “stop endlessly attacking councillors' reputations” during a meeting of the London Assembly.

The outburst came after Mr Dismore told Mr  Johnson about how Barnet Mayor Hugh Rayner is under investigation for acting “illegally” towards tenants living in the properties he owns.

In addition to charging above market rates, Cllr Rayner failed to declare his interest in housing during council meetings and did not join the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

At last week’s assembly meeting, Mr Dismore told Mr Johnson that Conservative councillors Peter Zinkin, Dean Cohen, Melvin Cohen, Helena Hart and Tom Davey also failed to join the non-compulsory scheme.

He explained how at the last full council meeting, the six in question secured a dispensation from the council to disapply the normal pecuniary interests rule to vote on a housing issue.

Mr Dismore, who did not attend the full council meeting in question, said: “Do you think that’s right?”

But with Mr Dismore having already raised the issue about landlord councillors three times in the space of a month, Mr Johnson was less than pleased.

He said: “If I may respectfully say to you, you’ve raised the gentleman concerned several times in this place and raised a series of allegations about it.

“If you feel there is some evidence of criminal misconduct, you must take this up with the police.”

Mr Dismore, who is standing for MP in the 2015 elections, also outlined how more than 160 firms in Premier House, Edgware, have been served with eviction notices from their premises so they can be turned into flats.

Barnet Borough Council agreed a change of use request after new laws introduced last year left it unable to refuse Reichmann Properties' appeal to turn the block into flats.

After discussing the issue, Mr Dismore invited Mr Johnson to meet with Barnet Council to offer help.

Mr Johnson added: “I wouldn’t want to interfere with your relationship with Barnet Council, which is very close and strong.

“I encourage you, Andrew, to do your job, rather than endlessly trying to attack the reputations of people in this place who aren’t members and have no ability to defend themselves.

“You have now several times used your position as an elected member to do this.

“I know everyone rejoices in how you are a member of this assembly, and they will even more rejoice at the prospect of your departure from it to be an MP.”

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1:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Well said Boris!

Dismore has no real purpose on the GLA so he uses it as a forum to attack Barnet's conservative councillors, who are not there to defend themselves.

This is all part of Barnet Labour's latest scheme to smear the reputation of long-standing tory councillors in an attempt to get a by-election. This is, of course, all Labour have got, as noone can rememebr the last time they put forward an actual decent opposition policy!
Well said Boris! Dismore has no real purpose on the GLA so he uses it as a forum to attack Barnet's conservative councillors, who are not there to defend themselves. This is all part of Barnet Labour's latest scheme to smear the reputation of long-standing tory councillors in an attempt to get a by-election. This is, of course, all Labour have got, as noone can rememebr the last time they put forward an actual decent opposition policy! AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -15

9:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

nlygo says...

Dismore's behaviour at the GLA is pathetic, to say the least.

neither Cllr Rayner nor any of the Councillors mentioned have done anything wrong. as stated in the article, it is not compulsory for landlords to join the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme. for Dismore to continually raise this as an issue shows that he has nothing whatsoever to say or contribute to Hendon.

if Dismore continues to state - without proof - that Rayner acted illegally, he is putting himself at risk of facing a libel action. so he should shut up or put up.
Dismore's behaviour at the GLA is pathetic, to say the least. neither Cllr Rayner nor any of the Councillors mentioned have done anything wrong. as stated in the article, it is not compulsory for landlords to join the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme. for Dismore to continually raise this as an issue shows that he has nothing whatsoever to say or contribute to Hendon. if Dismore continues to state - without proof - that Rayner acted illegally, he is putting himself at risk of facing a libel action. so he should shut up or put up. nlygo
  • Score: -13

6:22am Thu 31 Jul 14

Rog T says...

I bet Matthew Offord is chuffed that Boris will REJOICE when he loses his seat
I bet Matthew Offord is chuffed that Boris will REJOICE when he loses his seat Rog T
  • Score: 17

6:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

Mr. Datchery says...

So, Tory Mayor has a tantrum about legitimate complaints about Tory Councillors, remarks about bears and woods, Popes and balconies spring to mind. If Rayner thought he had grounds for a libel action I suspect he would have initiated it already. Moreover this is as much about morality as legality a word which seems alien to many of Barnet's Tory Councillors and the members of their claque that comment here.
So, Tory Mayor has a tantrum about legitimate complaints about Tory Councillors, remarks about bears and woods, Popes and balconies spring to mind. If Rayner thought he had grounds for a libel action I suspect he would have initiated it already. Moreover this is as much about morality as legality a word which seems alien to many of Barnet's Tory Councillors and the members of their claque that comment here. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 15

1:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Datchery's here to stick up for Dismal Dismore again!

I don't know what on earth you see in this wretched little man and his penchant for plundering the public purse. He makes my skin crawl.

No doubt Mrs Angry and James will pop up to defend this odious man shortly too...
Datchery's here to stick up for Dismal Dismore again! I don't know what on earth you see in this wretched little man and his penchant for plundering the public purse. He makes my skin crawl. No doubt Mrs Angry and James will pop up to defend this odious man shortly too... AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -10

9:40pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Cadwallader says...

AverageToryPlant is sounding off I note. Not very convincing.
AverageToryPlant is sounding off I note. Not very convincing. Cadwallader
  • Score: 8

12:20am Fri 1 Aug 14

aworrall says...

Typical Dismal, using the GLA as a platform for his own self promotion. He should get on with the job he has been elected to do instead of this constant Tory bashing to no doubt further his own election campaign on the public purse again. Nasty little shuffling man - he makes my skin crawl too, at last people will see him for what he is - a failed, desperate retread.
Typical Dismal, using the GLA as a platform for his own self promotion. He should get on with the job he has been elected to do instead of this constant Tory bashing to no doubt further his own election campaign on the public purse again. Nasty little shuffling man - he makes my skin crawl too, at last people will see him for what he is - a failed, desperate retread. aworrall
  • Score: -6

12:24am Fri 1 Aug 14

aworrall says...

I bet it's true that the Labour GLA members are campaigning to shuffle Dismal off to parliament but I bet it's equally true that Labour MP's are campaigning to keep Offord!
I bet it's true that the Labour GLA members are campaigning to shuffle Dismal off to parliament but I bet it's equally true that Labour MP's are campaigning to keep Offord! aworrall
  • Score: -7

7:07am Fri 1 Aug 14

Mr. Datchery says...

AverageBarnetResiden
t
wrote:
Datchery's here to stick up for Dismal Dismore again!

I don't know what on earth you see in this wretched little man and his penchant for plundering the public purse. He makes my skin crawl.

No doubt Mrs Angry and James will pop up to defend this odious man shortly too...
It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to over the top insults. The biggest of which is his claim to be an average Barnet resident.
[quote][p][bold]AverageBarnetResiden t[/bold] wrote: Datchery's here to stick up for Dismal Dismore again! I don't know what on earth you see in this wretched little man and his penchant for plundering the public purse. He makes my skin crawl. No doubt Mrs Angry and James will pop up to defend this odious man shortly too...[/p][/quote]It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to over the top insults. The biggest of which is his claim to be an average Barnet resident. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 8

10:01am Fri 1 Aug 14

Rog T says...

The deputy leader of Barnet Council is anything but average!
The deputy leader of Barnet Council is anything but average! Rog T
  • Score: 9

12:34pm Fri 1 Aug 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to avoiding the subject completely.

Even by your standards Datchery, the non-existent defence of Dismore on this article is pathetic.

We, the public, do not like Dismore, and you Labour bloggers are fighting a losing battle to portray the wretched bottom-feeder as anything other than a drain on the political landscape.
It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to avoiding the subject completely. Even by your standards Datchery, the non-existent defence of Dismore on this article is pathetic. We, the public, do not like Dismore, and you Labour bloggers are fighting a losing battle to portray the wretched bottom-feeder as anything other than a drain on the political landscape. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -7

4:50pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mr. Datchery says...

AverageBarnetResiden
t
wrote:
It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to avoiding the subject completely.

Even by your standards Datchery, the non-existent defence of Dismore on this article is pathetic.

We, the public, do not like Dismore, and you Labour bloggers are fighting a losing battle to portray the wretched bottom-feeder as anything other than a drain on the political landscape.
There you go again 'we the public' look at who is getting the thumbs down for a more accurate picture. Are you wiling to admit the Rog T is correct by the way.
[quote][p][bold]AverageBarnetResiden t[/bold] wrote: It is my experience that when people are at a loss to come up with a reasoned argument they resort to avoiding the subject completely. Even by your standards Datchery, the non-existent defence of Dismore on this article is pathetic. We, the public, do not like Dismore, and you Labour bloggers are fighting a losing battle to portray the wretched bottom-feeder as anything other than a drain on the political landscape.[/p][/quote]There you go again 'we the public' look at who is getting the thumbs down for a more accurate picture. Are you wiling to admit the Rog T is correct by the way. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 7

6:23pm Fri 1 Aug 14

NoToMob Member says...

Well well well what have we here? Pot calling the kettle black! Boris should turn off the verbal diahorea and get his own act together first! What hypocrisy.
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Well well well what have we here? Pot calling the kettle black! Boris should turn off the verbal diahorea and get his own act together first! What hypocrisy. http://www.theguardi an.com/politics/shor tcuts/2014/jan/08/cl egg-is-a-condom-bori s-johnson NoToMob Member
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Barnet Parker says...

Average,

Before you claim all the public are against Dismore you might want to check out the letters page where a Mr Moore writes criticising Offord for his patronising performance in front of business leaders worryied about their imminent eviction from Premier House in Edgware - thanks to measure introduced by Boris Johnson curiously enough.

He says of Dismore:
'By contrast Andrew Dismore did what he felt he could. He gladly took questions, he was honest in telling the assembled that they had little legal standing and gave them advice on how best to proceed with their campaign.
I have never been his biggest fan but he was honest and at least prepared to interact.'

Mr Moore also mentions that he used to vote Tory. Clearly you don't need to be a Labour blogger to realise that Dismore, for all his faults, was a **** sight better local MP than the abject Offord could ever hope to be.
Average, Before you claim all the public are against Dismore you might want to check out the letters page where a Mr Moore writes criticising Offord for his patronising performance in front of business leaders worryied about their imminent eviction from Premier House in Edgware - thanks to measure introduced by Boris Johnson curiously enough. He says of Dismore: 'By contrast Andrew Dismore did what he felt he could. He gladly took questions, he was honest in telling the assembled that they had little legal standing and gave them advice on how best to proceed with their campaign. I have never been his biggest fan but he was honest and at least prepared to interact.' Mr Moore also mentions that he used to vote Tory. Clearly you don't need to be a Labour blogger to realise that Dismore, for all his faults, was a **** sight better local MP than the abject Offord could ever hope to be. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 8

1:32am Sat 2 Aug 14

aworrall says...

Barnet Parker, you are more desperate than Dismal, one letter to the Hendon Times by one very sad Labour supporter does not constitute the widespread view of the majority of voters. "For all his faults" - get real, the man is a complete leach on society, has absolutely no skills to "interact" and is only focused on lining his own pocket with public funds. People don't forget Dismals fantastic raid on expenses when he was MP and taxpayer money funding two houses. People don't want a shuffling retread who has absolutely nothing to offer any voters except criticism of others.
Barnet Parker, you are more desperate than Dismal, one letter to the Hendon Times by one very sad Labour supporter does not constitute the widespread view of the majority of voters. "For all his faults" - get real, the man is a complete leach on society, has absolutely no skills to "interact" and is only focused on lining his own pocket with public funds. People don't forget Dismals fantastic raid on expenses when he was MP and taxpayer money funding two houses. People don't want a shuffling retread who has absolutely nothing to offer any voters except criticism of others. aworrall
  • Score: -6

7:05am Sat 2 Aug 14

Mr. Datchery says...

aworrall wrote:
Barnet Parker, you are more desperate than Dismal, one letter to the Hendon Times by one very sad Labour supporter does not constitute the widespread view of the majority of voters. "For all his faults" - get real, the man is a complete leach on society, has absolutely no skills to "interact" and is only focused on lining his own pocket with public funds. People don't forget Dismals fantastic raid on expenses when he was MP and taxpayer money funding two houses. People don't want a shuffling retread who has absolutely nothing to offer any voters except criticism of others.
I have just read the letter and whilst anybody else can (you can't have) I think it is worth quoting this section,
"I personally have little loyalty to any political party, though the one time I have voted in my adult life was for Matthew’s Conservative Party. I’m no activist and to actually get around to writing this letter (sad to admit) is a personal achievement for someone normally too disenfranchised to do so. However, the disgusting attitude and lack of care or concern shown by Mr Offord has spurred me on. I can only imagine that his slick ‘Blarite’ image and a good run from the Conservative Party in 2010 pulled the wool over enough eyes to get him elected. It certainly wasn’t his genuine yearning to make the lives of his constituents any better."
I subscribe to Lord Ashcroft's Polling website (that's Lord Ashcroft former Deputy Chair of the Tory Party, not a 'sad Labour supporter) and this is his most recent verdict on Hendon
"Constituency Voting Intention (Turnout Weighted)
This table is based on a manual adjustment of data reallocating some don't knows - a procedure which addresses the spiral
of silence among some groups of voters, which has successfully increased the accuracy of voting intention polls at recent
General Elections
Conservative 36%
Labour 44%
Liberal Democrat 7%
UKIP 11%
Other 3%"
[quote][p][bold]aworrall[/bold] wrote: Barnet Parker, you are more desperate than Dismal, one letter to the Hendon Times by one very sad Labour supporter does not constitute the widespread view of the majority of voters. "For all his faults" - get real, the man is a complete leach on society, has absolutely no skills to "interact" and is only focused on lining his own pocket with public funds. People don't forget Dismals fantastic raid on expenses when he was MP and taxpayer money funding two houses. People don't want a shuffling retread who has absolutely nothing to offer any voters except criticism of others.[/p][/quote]I have just read the letter and whilst anybody else can (you can't have) I think it is worth quoting this section, "I personally have little loyalty to any political party, though the one time I have voted in my adult life was for Matthew’s Conservative Party. I’m no activist and to actually get around to writing this letter (sad to admit) is a personal achievement for someone normally too disenfranchised to do so. However, the disgusting attitude and lack of care or concern shown by Mr Offord has spurred me on. I can only imagine that his slick ‘Blarite’ image and a good run from the Conservative Party in 2010 pulled the wool over enough eyes to get him elected. It certainly wasn’t his genuine yearning to make the lives of his constituents any better." I subscribe to Lord Ashcroft's Polling website (that's Lord Ashcroft former Deputy Chair of the Tory Party, not a 'sad Labour supporter) and this is his most recent verdict on Hendon "Constituency Voting Intention (Turnout Weighted) This table is based on a manual adjustment of data reallocating some don't knows - a procedure which addresses the spiral of silence among some groups of voters, which has successfully increased the accuracy of voting intention polls at recent General Elections Conservative 36% Labour 44% Liberal Democrat 7% UKIP 11% Other 3%" Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 9

8:39am Sat 2 Aug 14

Barnet Parker says...

aworrall,
I think the desperation lies with you and all the other Tory types who run Dismore down. Not one of Offord's supporters have anything positive to say about his works so have to run down his challenger (and thank you Mr Datchery for pointing out to our bemused friend that Mr Moore says he once voted Tory so hardly constitutes a sad Labour supporter).

I've stated on these pages before that Dismore wasn't perfect over his expenses at a time when they were all at it (think clearing David Cameron's leylandii from his chimney at tax payers expense) but wasn't found guilty of any misconduct. The bottom line for me is that Dismore, in my experience, responded to constituents concerns in a courteous manner and helped out if he could. Qualities that Mr Moore also testifies to in his letter. Much the same the same could be said of Dismore's Tory predecessor, John Gorst who even went against his own party's government in supporting his constituents campaign to save Edgware General Hospital.

Offord, on the other hand, ignores constituents correspondence and, according to recent reports, runs away from concerned residents whether they are West Hendon residents or Edgware businessmen faced with eviction from their homes or offices receptively. In my experience neither Dismore or Gorst would have done that because they were both good constituency MPs regardless of party political colour - something Offord has left it too late to demonstrate.
aworrall, I think the desperation lies with you and all the other Tory types who run Dismore down. Not one of Offord's supporters have anything positive to say about his works so have to run down his challenger (and thank you Mr Datchery for pointing out to our bemused friend that Mr Moore says he once voted Tory so hardly constitutes a sad Labour supporter). I've stated on these pages before that Dismore wasn't perfect over his expenses at a time when they were all at it (think clearing David Cameron's leylandii from his chimney at tax payers expense) but wasn't found guilty of any misconduct. The bottom line for me is that Dismore, in my experience, responded to constituents concerns in a courteous manner and helped out if he could. Qualities that Mr Moore also testifies to in his letter. Much the same the same could be said of Dismore's Tory predecessor, John Gorst who even went against his own party's government in supporting his constituents campaign to save Edgware General Hospital. Offord, on the other hand, ignores constituents correspondence and, according to recent reports, runs away from concerned residents whether they are West Hendon residents or Edgware businessmen faced with eviction from their homes or offices receptively. In my experience neither Dismore or Gorst would have done that because they were both good constituency MPs regardless of party political colour - something Offord has left it too late to demonstrate. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 9

4:08pm Sat 2 Aug 14

aworrall says...

If you are believing the polls you are seriously misguided - everyone knows that the polls go up and down all the way up to the election and have never proved to be correct. Ashcroft is no doubt on the attack to Cameron and therefore his opinion polls count for little. You have absolutely no evidence that Offord ignores constituents or correspondence apart from seriously flawed random surveys that Dismal sadly hangs on to because he hasn't got anything else on Offord. Dismal knows Offord is also a good constituency MP demonstrated by the fact that Offord has not just focused on a few religious groups but all of them which is something Dismal failed to do. You only have to look at Offord's website for the evidence of this and all his hard work.
If you are believing the polls you are seriously misguided - everyone knows that the polls go up and down all the way up to the election and have never proved to be correct. Ashcroft is no doubt on the attack to Cameron and therefore his opinion polls count for little. You have absolutely no evidence that Offord ignores constituents or correspondence apart from seriously flawed random surveys that Dismal sadly hangs on to because he hasn't got anything else on Offord. Dismal knows Offord is also a good constituency MP demonstrated by the fact that Offord has not just focused on a few religious groups but all of them which is something Dismal failed to do. You only have to look at Offord's website for the evidence of this and all his hard work. aworrall
  • Score: -6

6:30pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Barnet Parker says...

I have the evidence of my own experience. I wrote to Offord on three occasions on three different subjects and did not receive the courtesy of a reply to any of them. Not even an acknowledgement. Something I always received from both Gorst and Dismore along with copies of letters they had sent to the relevant departments dealing with my enquiry..

Not sure what your comment about being focussed on religious groups is all about. A good constituency MP is supposed to represent all of his constituents, but if that's a tactic Offord's using then I suppose it might offset the alienation of his gay constituents following his intemperate choice of words in opposing same sex marriage.
I have the evidence of my own experience. I wrote to Offord on three occasions on three different subjects and did not receive the courtesy of a reply to any of them. Not even an acknowledgement. Something I always received from both Gorst and Dismore along with copies of letters they had sent to the relevant departments dealing with my enquiry.. Not sure what your comment about being focussed on religious groups is all about. A good constituency MP is supposed to represent all of his constituents, but if that's a tactic Offord's using then I suppose it might offset the alienation of his gay constituents following his intemperate choice of words in opposing same sex marriage. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 9

10:15am Sun 3 Aug 14

sensiblefellow says...

I find it highly interesting that Boris has a difficulty with Dismore righting attacking the suspicious activities of Mayor Rayner. After all, it was Boris himself who had conceded that what Rayner had done was prima facie illegal. Boris seems to be suffering from selective amnesia.

Datchery, I too subscribe to the Ashcroft analysis. I would contend that, encouraging though the current snapshot on Hendon is, it is subject to sampling error and does not pre-empt the probable improvement in the economy to the date of the General Election. I am certainly batting for Dismore, but I think it is way too early to call a victory of that magnitude (44 to 36). There are a bunch of evolving local factors which need to be imputed into the analysis for a more informed projection, in particular the changing demographic landscape between now and the election date. Ashcroft's relatively small sample will not be able to capture (statistically) such effects.

On a conciliatory note, I will have no difficulty joining with Boris as he rejoices Andrew's departure from the GLA to take up his role as MP for Hendon. I can only infer from Boris' sentiments that he shares my view on Offord's ineffectual capacities as an MP.
I find it highly interesting that Boris has a difficulty with Dismore righting attacking the suspicious activities of Mayor Rayner. After all, it was Boris himself who had conceded that what Rayner had done was prima facie illegal. Boris seems to be suffering from selective amnesia. Datchery, I too subscribe to the Ashcroft analysis. I would contend that, encouraging though the current snapshot on Hendon is, it is subject to sampling error and does not pre-empt the probable improvement in the economy to the date of the General Election. I am certainly batting for Dismore, but I think it is way too early to call a victory of that magnitude (44 to 36). There are a bunch of evolving local factors which need to be imputed into the analysis for a more informed projection, in particular the changing demographic landscape between now and the election date. Ashcroft's relatively small sample will not be able to capture (statistically) such effects. On a conciliatory note, I will have no difficulty joining with Boris as he rejoices Andrew's departure from the GLA to take up his role as MP for Hendon. I can only infer from Boris' sentiments that he shares my view on Offord's ineffectual capacities as an MP. sensiblefellow
  • Score: 8

10:16am Sun 3 Aug 14

sensiblefellow says...

Moderator: In the above post, kindly replace righting in the first sentence by rightly.
Moderator: In the above post, kindly replace righting in the first sentence by rightly. sensiblefellow
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Rog T says...

Oh these "Labour bloggers" are so unfair !!!! They never mention the huge stack of incredible achievements of the Amazing Matthew Offord. Really? Well just to show that you are wrong, here are my top five achievements for Mr Offord.

1) Max (his dog) won dog of the year in the Parliamentary Dog show.
2) erm, can I come back to you later on these having trouble recalling them, or maybe aworrall can help.
Oh these "Labour bloggers" are so unfair !!!! They never mention the huge stack of incredible achievements of the Amazing Matthew Offord. Really? Well just to show that you are wrong, here are my top five achievements for Mr Offord. 1) Max (his dog) won dog of the year in the Parliamentary Dog show. 2) erm, can I come back to you later on these having trouble recalling them, or maybe aworrall can help. Rog T
  • Score: 3

3:54pm Sun 3 Aug 14

aworrall says...

Roger T, your memory is as selective as Boris's - weren't you raving about Offord in June when he sorted out your niece's passport application?! Are you also criticising Offord's work on animal issues? Are we not a nation of dog lovers? I have read several local stories about dog attacks recently and it is good to know that our MP feels passionately about these issues and is in touch with local sentiment.
Boris is always shooting from the hip with random comments - he probably couldn't even remember where Dismal was standing but he is right that Dismal should stop critising Tory councillors and get on with his job.
Barnet Parker, I have had a completely different experience to you regarding Offord's response to an issue I raised with him - I received a very prompt, courteous reply which dealt very effectively with the issue - the same experience as Roger T's niece.
I bet all Labour MP's are working hard to help Offord stay in parliament as we speak!
Roger T, your memory is as selective as Boris's - weren't you raving about Offord in June when he sorted out your niece's passport application?! Are you also criticising Offord's work on animal issues? Are we not a nation of dog lovers? I have read several local stories about dog attacks recently and it is good to know that our MP feels passionately about these issues and is in touch with local sentiment. Boris is always shooting from the hip with random comments - he probably couldn't even remember where Dismal was standing but he is right that Dismal should stop critising Tory councillors and get on with his job. Barnet Parker, I have had a completely different experience to you regarding Offord's response to an issue I raised with him - I received a very prompt, courteous reply which dealt very effectively with the issue - the same experience as Roger T's niece. I bet all Labour MP's are working hard to help Offord stay in parliament as we speak! aworrall
  • Score: -4

7:07pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Rog T says...

aworrall,

Yes thank you for reminding me. So we now have a list of 3 things
1) His dog won a competition.
2) He helped my niece get a passport following a govt dept **** up
3) He wrote a courteous reply to aworrall

Come on guys, lets see if we can get the list up to five !
aworrall, Yes thank you for reminding me. So we now have a list of 3 things 1) His dog won a competition. 2) He helped my niece get a passport following a govt dept **** up 3) He wrote a courteous reply to aworrall Come on guys, lets see if we can get the list up to five ! Rog T
  • Score: 4

8:26am Mon 4 Aug 14

Barnet Parker says...

aworrall,
It seems you're a very priviledged individual receiving a prompt and courteous response from Offord.

Here's a letter I found in the Times archive from 20/8/2010:

'Further to Danny Knight’s letter about the invisible Mathew Offord, I have also tried, without success, to contact the MP (‘Where has our new MP gone?’, Your Views, August 12).
Finally, last week I received an automatic response to an email as follows: “I have just been allocated an office so I am prioritising communications to ensure I deal with the most urgent first.
If you are awaiting a response please be advised that it will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.”
Don’t hold your breath.
Sonya Lejeune, Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak'.

So it looks like it's not just me.
aworrall, It seems you're a very priviledged individual receiving a prompt and courteous response from Offord. Here's a letter I found in the Times archive from 20/8/2010: 'Further to Danny Knight’s letter about the invisible Mathew Offord, I have also tried, without success, to contact the MP (‘Where has our new MP gone?’, Your Views, August 12). Finally, last week I received an automatic response to an email as follows: “I have just been allocated an office so I am prioritising communications to ensure I deal with the most urgent first. If you are awaiting a response please be advised that it will be dealt with as swiftly as possible.” Don’t hold your breath. Sonya Lejeune, Watling Avenue, Burnt Oak'. So it looks like it's not just me. Barnet Parker
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Personally, I have heard a number of stories about Dismore devoting his efforts to his "favourites" and ignoring anyone else, whilst (of course) helping himself from the public coffers.
Offord would never do that because, try as you may to belittle his record, he is at least a man of some moral principals. Unlike slimy Dismore.

It goes without saying, I think, that the majority of the anti-tory "letters" submitted to the local rags are sent in by labour bloggers/councillors
. This is relatively common knowledge.

As I have said before, I am not a Tory Councillor, especially not the Deputy leader!! Even for Rog T, this was a particularly hopeful stab-in-the-dark!

In fact, unlike all you Labour activists, I am not even a member of a political party! As the name says, ABR.
Personally, I have heard a number of stories about Dismore devoting his efforts to his "favourites" and ignoring anyone else, whilst (of course) helping himself from the public coffers. Offord would never do that because, try as you may to belittle his record, he is at least a man of some moral principals. Unlike slimy Dismore. It goes without saying, I think, that the majority of the anti-tory "letters" submitted to the local rags are sent in by labour bloggers/councillors . This is relatively common knowledge. As I have said before, I am not a Tory Councillor, especially not the Deputy leader!! Even for Rog T, this was a particularly hopeful stab-in-the-dark! In fact, unlike all you Labour activists, I am not even a member of a political party! As the name says, ABR. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -5

3:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

aworrall says...

Roger T, well done for helping Offord’s campaign by suggesting advertising a list of his achievements - perhaps he should recruit you as his chief campaign officer. Here are some nuggets, in 4 years Offord has:

4. Changed the government from a debt ridden Labour Party
5. Got rid of 2 expenses cheats - Miller and Dismore
6. Lives in Hendon and not Notting Hill
7. Has not claimed £65k in expenses
8. Is able to do the job without having to get a second home in London
9. Travels to work by public transport and does not claim for it
10. Does not claim for food
11. Has the support of all Labout MP’s to keep his pre-deceasor out of parliament
12. Is not a pensioner after two jobs funded by the taxpayer
13. Is the only MP to get the Prime Minister to Israel
14. Security for Jewish schools
15. Etz Chaim school
16. Avanti school
17. Chairman of various all parliamentary groups, on environmental select committee

……running out of space to list them all! Thanks again Roger T.
Roger T, well done for helping Offord’s campaign by suggesting advertising a list of his achievements - perhaps he should recruit you as his chief campaign officer. Here are some nuggets, in 4 years Offord has: 4. Changed the government from a debt ridden Labour Party 5. Got rid of 2 expenses cheats - Miller and Dismore 6. Lives in Hendon and not Notting Hill 7. Has not claimed £65k in expenses 8. Is able to do the job without having to get a second home in London 9. Travels to work by public transport and does not claim for it 10. Does not claim for food 11. Has the support of all Labout MP’s to keep his pre-deceasor out of parliament 12. Is not a pensioner after two jobs funded by the taxpayer 13. Is the only MP to get the Prime Minister to Israel 14. Security for Jewish schools 15. Etz Chaim school 16. Avanti school 17. Chairman of various all parliamentary groups, on environmental select committee ……running out of space to list them all! Thanks again Roger T. aworrall
  • Score: -4

3:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

aworrall says...

As ABR says, its well known that the "letters" sent to this paper and others are clearly Labour Party activists or Dismore's office running their usual smear campaign - desperate.
As ABR says, its well known that the "letters" sent to this paper and others are clearly Labour Party activists or Dismore's office running their usual smear campaign - desperate. aworrall
  • Score: -3

4:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rog T says...

Aworral,
Thank you so much. I will make our combined list into a guest blog. I am sure the voters of Hendon will be so impressed. Wow Mr Offord isnt a pensioner. That is a fantastic achievement isnt it! Every Labout MP supports him! This is solid Gold stuff
Aworral, Thank you so much. I will make our combined list into a guest blog. I am sure the voters of Hendon will be so impressed. Wow Mr Offord isnt a pensioner. That is a fantastic achievement isnt it! Every Labout MP supports him! This is solid Gold stuff Rog T
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Well Rog T, that rather backfored didn't it! How embarrassing for you...
Well Rog T, that rather backfored didn't it! How embarrassing for you... AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rog T says...

Erm, I take it that is ironic humour?
Erm, I take it that is ironic humour? Rog T
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rog T says...

As promised, the guest blog featuring Mr Offords achievements has been posted

http://barneteye.blo
gspot.co.uk/2014/08/
guest-blog-numerous-
achievements-of.html


That really backfired on me didn't it (chortle, snigger)
As promised, the guest blog featuring Mr Offords achievements has been posted http://barneteye.blo gspot.co.uk/2014/08/ guest-blog-numerous- achievements-of.html That really backfired on me didn't it (chortle, snigger) Rog T
  • Score: 3

8:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Rog T says...

"Average Barnet Resident"

Can I recommend a great song to you? Checkout "You can't fool me" by The Damned. Says it all
"Average Barnet Resident" Can I recommend a great song to you? Checkout "You can't fool me" by The Damned. Says it all Rog T
  • Score: 3

9:07am Tue 5 Aug 14

Barnet Parker says...

Offord's Achievements Continued:

18) As Deputy Leader of Barnet Council oversaw £11m overspend on Aerodrome Road bridge.

19) Decided to stay on holiday in Belize rather than return to reconvened Parliament following London riots

20) Inspired Sun headline 'Tory's Foul Tirade' after abusive heckling at VIP dinner (Daily Mail reported that MPs did not pay for the £3,000 meal so he's happy to claim food from some sources)
Offord's Achievements Continued: 18) As Deputy Leader of Barnet Council oversaw £11m overspend on Aerodrome Road bridge. 19) Decided to stay on holiday in Belize rather than return to reconvened Parliament following London riots 20) Inspired Sun headline 'Tory's Foul Tirade' after abusive heckling at VIP dinner (Daily Mail reported that MPs did not pay for the £3,000 meal so he's happy to claim food from some sources) Barnet Parker
  • Score: 4

4:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Wow! Three responses and a one-sided "blog" that I won't be reading.

Have I touched a nerve Rog T...?
Wow! Three responses and a one-sided "blog" that I won't be reading. Have I touched a nerve Rog T...? AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -2

4:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Rog T says...

AWB - It's pretty clear to all our readers which 'nerve' you enjoy touching. Have you ever listened to the music of Ivor Biggun and the red nosed burglars?
AWB - It's pretty clear to all our readers which 'nerve' you enjoy touching. Have you ever listened to the music of Ivor Biggun and the red nosed burglars? Rog T
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Tue 5 Aug 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

I'm afraid I have not listened to any of your obscure music, but no doubt the references are hilarious. Well done.
Now shall we just grow up a bit and get back to the debate?
Thus far, both your "humour" and efforts at smearing Mr Offord's good reputation are misguided and pathetic. I suspect that you, much like your pal Dismore, are a slimy little man in all respects.
Now off you pop and do some "blogging" about parking tickets or something...
I'm afraid I have not listened to any of your obscure music, but no doubt the references are hilarious. Well done. Now shall we just grow up a bit and get back to the debate? Thus far, both your "humour" and efforts at smearing Mr Offord's good reputation are misguided and pathetic. I suspect that you, much like your pal Dismore, are a slimy little man in all respects. Now off you pop and do some "blogging" about parking tickets or something... AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: -2

10:13am Wed 6 Aug 14

Rog T says...

AWB,
I see the 'pomposity for beginners' course went well. I tend to save intelligent, adult conversations for intelligent adults, not faceless internet trolls like your good self.

You claim I have smeared Dr Offord. Far from it, I posted his 17 achievements as decreed by his fan club on my blog, which to date has had nearly 1.4 million hits. As to your claim that I am Dismores mate, it is a matter of record that Mr Dismore had me expelled from the Barnet Labour party. As to being a slimy little man, you are more than welcome to repeat that accusation to my face. Then we'll see who the slimy little man is
AWB, I see the 'pomposity for beginners' course went well. I tend to save intelligent, adult conversations for intelligent adults, not faceless internet trolls like your good self. You claim I have smeared Dr Offord. Far from it, I posted his 17 achievements as decreed by his fan club on my blog, which to date has had nearly 1.4 million hits. As to your claim that I am Dismores mate, it is a matter of record that Mr Dismore had me expelled from the Barnet Labour party. As to being a slimy little man, you are more than welcome to repeat that accusation to my face. Then we'll see who the slimy little man is Rog T
  • Score: 2

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