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.”