The timing of Bertha Joseph’s resignation is unacceptable

Bertha has finally resigned from her role London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), but the morality of the timing of the decision is deeply concerning.

She resigned moments after helping to pass through fire budget cuts. Her position was clearly untenable and she should have resigned or been sacked straight away. Instead, it seems as though she has been kept on to help pass the fire budget through.

Secretary of State issues stop notice to Brent Cross development plans

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham MP has issued a stop notice under planning legislation to the Brent Cross Development plans. The Labour Government intervention comes only a day after London Mayor Boris Johnson gave the project the green light.

The development plans have been deeply criticised by both the Brent Liberal Democrats and Brent Labour Groups. More bad news for Boris who’s just had to deal with the departure of Bertha Joseph.

Conservative Party Councillor Bertha Joseph Officially Suspended from Brent Council

The verdict is finally out on Conservative Party Councillor Bertha Joseph. In October 2009, she was handed a 6 month suspension for being guilty of three charges of breaking the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The former Mayor of Brent was to be suspended from the council for six months after she used £900 in cash donations to buy two ball gowns but appealed against the decision meaning the suspension was not carried out.

The charges were:

  • Failure to register gifts within 28 days;
  • Bringing the Mayoralty and Brent Council into disrepute;
  • Misuse of money received for personal gain.

She has failed in her appeal and the six month suspension has now been reimposed. Councillor James Powney has blogged on the verdict LINK

2009 Site Stats

Hope you had a fab New Years’ celebration. Just a round up of the year for those who may be interested in fives.

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1. Liberal Democrats are failing our Children – on John Kelly, now Crest Academy Schools

2. Happy Shree Krishna Janmaashtmi to all

3. Brent Conservative Councillor Bertha Joseph handed 6 month suspension for spending charity money on ball gowns

4. Ice Skating at Wembley Stadium this Christmas – which unfortunately did not happen.

5. Labour’s Team for Brent – A Multi-Racial Team for a Multi-Racial Borough

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Brent Conservative Councillor Bertha Joseph handed 6 month suspension for spending charity money on ball gowns

Brent Council’s Standards Board has found leading Tory Councillor Bertha Joseph guilty of three charges of breaking the Councillors’ Code of Conduct. The former mayor of Brent has been suspended from the council for six months after she used £900 in cash donations to buy two ball gowns.Bertha Joseph

The charges were:

  • Failure to register gifts within 28 days;
  • Bringing the Mayoralty and Brent Council into disrepute;
  • Misuse of money received for personal gain.

The Committee, which includes one member from each of the three main parties and two independent members, agreed to suspend Cllr Joseph from the council for a record 6 months. She had claimed in the London Evening Standard today that she had been the victim of a Labour vendetta against her and this decision was a direct consequence of Party political squabbles. However, such a claim is absurd as only 1 member out of 5 in the committee who were responsible for dishing out the punishment is a Labour Party representative.

For the duration of her suspension, she will no longer receive her councillors and special responsibility allowances of over £11k a year and Labour is demanding that she be removed as Brent Council’s representative on the London Fire Authority, which pays her a further £7k a year.  It is worth noting that former Mayor Ken Livingstone objected to Cllr Joseph’s appointment as a representative on the Fire Authority on the grounds of her lack of probity. The Committee also recommended that Cllr Joseph pay the sum of £900 to the current Mayor’s charity to reflect money received from local businesses and used by her to buy clothes for herself.

Councillor Joseph has 21 days in which she can appeal the decision.

Bertha is a former Labour Party Councillor and defected to the Tories in 2007 and is a former Mayor of Brent.