Brent Liberal Democrat Leader rebuked for ageist remarks in Council chamber

Councillor Paul Lorber, Leader of Brent Liberal Democrats, today received a rebuke from Brent Council’s legal department for making ageist remarks in the Council Chamber. Councillor Lorber made the remarks towards me during a debate on the closure the accident and emergency unit at Central Middlesex Hospital. Councillor Lorber implied that my youth meant that I should not be commenting on such an important debate.

The most disappointing thing for me is the negative message Brent Liberal Democrats send to young people across Brent when they say things like this. At a time of record youth unemployment and when young people are struggling to make the transition from education into the work place, we need to be sending signals to young people in Brent that they can and will be a valued part of our economy, not undermining the role they play in society.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said:

“In the Labour Party we fight against discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, age or religion. I thought this was an issue on which we had a lot in common with the Liberal Democrats, but apparently not. Discrimination like this is never acceptable. I hope Councillor Lorber will make a full apology to Councillor Hirani.”

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4 Comments

  1. Dear Cllr Hirani, may I ask whether you ever did receive that apology? I used to work in Democratic Services in Brent until Dec 2010, and I well remember the inappropriate comments he used to make towards other councillors at Full Council meetings. I totally agree that younger people need encouragement to become politically active, and as we see here, physical maturity is no guarantee of emotional maturity or professionalism.

  2. Dear Cllr Hirani, may I please ask whether you ever received that apology? I used to work for Brent Democratic Services and I well remember Cllr Lorber and his inappropriate comments at full council meetings. As you rightly say, younger people need encouragement to get involved in politics, while as we see here, physical maturity is no guarantee of emotional maturity or professionalism.

  3. Oh, I’ve posted nearly the same thing twice. Sorry

  4. I can confirm I have not received any apology yet


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