Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman in 'you are an odious toad' row

Times Series: Cllr Brian Coleman called a fellow London Assembly member an "odious toad" Cllr Brian Coleman called a fellow London Assembly member an "odious toad"

MAYOR of Barnet Brian Coleman has been criticised for calling a fellow politician an “odious toad” during a London Assembly meeting.

The outburst at the London Assembly's business management and administration committee caused chairman Jennette Arnold, north east assembly member to adjourn the meeting, saying the comments were “not acceptable”.

Other members also rebuked him in City Hall's committee room five on Thursday.

One called Cllr Coleman “lazy, pompous and rude”.

Cllr Coleman suddenly erupted during an otherwise sedate discussion about a staff pay award.

Addressing Labour AM for City and East John Biggs, and Ms Arnold, he said: “Oh shut up you odious toad, you go too far.

He added: “How dare you. You are the nastiest most odious little man who is unfortunate enough to serve in public life.”

Ms Arnold adjourned the meeting, which was being webcast and has been uploaded to YouTube. Cameras were switched off, but microphones left on, which revealed a further exchange.

Cllr Coleman can be heard to say to one member: “You are the most odious man with the biggest chip on his shoulder, must be the grammar school education, you've never got over that.”

A Times Series online poll called for Cllr Coleman, 48, who is ward councillor for Totteridge, Barnet and Camden AM and also chair of the London Fire Authority, to resign as Barnet Mayor after he was found to have breached the council's code of conduct in September.

The council's standards sub-committee ruled he “failed to treat others with respect” after he branded Mill Hill musician Roger Tichborne “an obsessive poisonous individual” in an email about his blog, the Barnet Eye.

He has also been criticised by former mayor Ken Livingstone for his taxi expenses.

In 2008 while he was deputy leader of the assembly he ran up £4,147 in cab fares, including one for £660, after he asked the driver to leave the clock running and wait for him while he attended a meeting.

He refused to comment today, saying he did not talk to the Barnet & Potters Bar Times.

To watch the full webcast from the meeting visit www.london.gov.uk

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4:22pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Harroweveryman says...

Takes one to know one Mr. Coleman!
Takes one to know one Mr. Coleman! Harroweveryman

6:33pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Rog T says...

I just hope the Standards Sub Committee are big enough to admit they are wrong and should have banned him when they had the chance.

The man is a disgrace to the Borough of Barnet. He is the Mayor, is this any way to behave
I just hope the Standards Sub Committee are big enough to admit they are wrong and should have banned him when they had the chance. The man is a disgrace to the Borough of Barnet. He is the Mayor, is this any way to behave Rog T

8:55pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Brian Coleman’s defence was that his comments to Rog T were a “once off” response to an alleged provocation. How many more “once offs” do we have put up with from Coleman?
Brian Coleman’s defence was that his comments to Rog T were a “once off” response to an alleged provocation. How many more “once offs” do we have put up with from Coleman? Don't Call Me Dave

6:08pm Wed 28 Oct 09

justitia says...

Odious toad? something playing on your mind, Brian? Everyone check out 'Brian Coleman aka Mr Toad must go' facebook group for furhter enlightenment ... as for the grammar school chip on the shoulder remark, hello: didn't you go to QE Boys Grammar School, Mr Coleman? And are you now or have you ever been a governor there? Voters of Totteridge, do us all a favour and stop voting for this man.
Odious toad? something playing on your mind, Brian? Everyone check out 'Brian Coleman aka Mr Toad must go' facebook group for furhter enlightenment ... as for the grammar school chip on the shoulder remark, hello: didn't you go to QE Boys Grammar School, Mr Coleman? And are you now or have you ever been a governor there? Voters of Totteridge, do us all a favour and stop voting for this man. justitia
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