Conservative Barnet Councillor Brian Coleman billed for legal fees over rude emails tribunal

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Tory Councillor Brian Coleman will foot the bill for his legal defence at a standards tribunal earlier this year.

Former Barnet Mayor Cllr Coleman was ordered to apologise to two members of the public after he accused one of being a “disloyal Israeli” and told another she “would have been in the (Nazi) blackshirts 70 years ago”.

An independent panel found in March that Totteridge representative Councillor Coleman broken the members' code of conduct by sending the abusive emails.

The former GLA member appealed the decision but it was upheld at a first-tier tribunal in August.

Cllr Coleman has refused to abide by the August tribunal's orders, claiming he is “under no obligation” to apologise.

Barnet Council confirmed it would only cover the legal costs of a members' appeal hearing if they were successful.

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4:35pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Dr Julia Hines says...

It is not entirely clear to me why he has not already paid for this. His standards hearing was months ago, and the appeal decision was made on 8 August.

I trust he will also be paying Barnet Council's legal costs for the appeal.
It is not entirely clear to me why he has not already paid for this. His standards hearing was months ago, and the appeal decision was made on 8 August. I trust he will also be paying Barnet Council's legal costs for the appeal. Dr Julia Hines
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11:54am Thu 4 Oct 12

torankrai says...

disloyal Israeli” and told another she “would have been in the (Nazi) blackshirts 70 years ago”. sending the abusive emails? looks like the members' code of conduct is broken.
disloyal Israeli” and told another she “would have been in the (Nazi) blackshirts 70 years ago”. sending the abusive emails? looks like the members' code of conduct is broken. torankrai
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8:54pm Thu 4 Oct 12

gingis says...

Coleman won't pay and Barnet won't push him. Beleve me!!
Coleman won't pay and Barnet won't push him. Beleve me!! gingis
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11:07am Sat 6 Oct 12

Mr_Growser says...

These hearings are a farce. So Councillor C was rude to someone! If what he wrote was defamatory, he could be sued in the Courts.In the case of the two complaining numpties, let's be clear - they were taking up Coleman's time and our money writing about something he can have no influence on, and, as a Councillor, should not be wasting his time considering. It might have been simpler, though, if he had just replied "Not for me - try Foreign Office" and left it at that.
These hearings are a farce. So Councillor C was rude to someone! If what he wrote was defamatory, he could be sued in the Courts.In the case of the two complaining numpties, let's be clear - they were taking up Coleman's time and our money writing about something he can have no influence on, and, as a Councillor, should not be wasting his time considering. It might have been simpler, though, if he had just replied "Not for me - try Foreign Office" and left it at that. Mr_Growser
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