When is a resignation not a resignation? When it’s a Brent Lib Dem resignation

The Liberal Democrats have totally lost the plot on the whole Cllr David Clues situation. The Willesden and Brent Times are now reporting that the Councillor who has been living in Brighton since December 2011 will step down in November so that his post can be held with the next set of elections  – LINK

The next elections will be in May 2014.

On Dispatches, it was revealed by Cllr Clues that his allowances have been channelled to the Brent Liberal Democrats.

The Lib Dems cry about election costs to the taxpayer but in 2012, we called for him to resign and have the elections held on the same day as the May London 2012 elections – LINK

Instead, the Lib Dems chose to do nothing and accept this standard of Councillor commitment.

I can reveal that the whip has also failed to act with no response received to date on the email pictured below.

Email to jack beck

What a load of yellow mess. The Lib Dems should publicly apologise for this shameful situation.

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Cllr David Clues Brent Lib Dem arrangement sparks outrage in Brighton

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brighton (Photo credit: osde8info)

An article reporting the that Brent Liberal Democrat Councillor has been living in Brighton since December 2011 in the Argus local paper in Brighton has attracted a flurry of comments – LINK 

Some of which include;

“Maybe he should change his name to the Rev Clueless”

“Party: Liberal Democrats”

“sadly these days its all at the end about snouts in the trough. its the claiming of allowances that give the game away, it would be intresting to hear what next sundays sermon is about, avarice or self delusion spring to mind”

“and we’re supposed to look up to religious leaders for setting high moral standards?”

A comment in his defence said,

“in the Despatches episode he made it clear that the allowance goes back to the Lib Dems – not to him personally.”

The Lib Dems have shown terrible leadership on this issue and have totally failed to grasp the seriousness of this omnishambles.  

Guest Blogpost: Meeting in response to the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby by Cllr Muhammed Butt

English: Brent Town Hall (Front), Wembley
English: Brent Town Hall (Front), Wembley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d like to invite you to attend our ‘One Brent’ event. The event will show Brent’s solidarity in response to the tragic murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week. It will be held this Friday, the 31st May at 6-8pm in Committee Rooms 1,2 & 3 at Brent Town Hall, HA9 9HD.

We will be joined by community leaders from all backgrounds, united in the belief that Brent’s diversity is our biggest source of strength. We will have a panel of community leaders and local MPs and the discussion will be chaired by Cllr Aslam Choudry.

I very much hope you will be able to attend. If so, please RSVP to cllr.muhammed.butt@brent.gov.uk.

Cllr Muhammed Butt is the Leader of Brent Council. He is a Councillor representing Tokyngton Ward

Brent Council Cabinet for 2013/2014 to be officially instated tonight

At the Mayor Making ceremony tonight, where the work of community champions is the main focus.

The new positions will be as follows:

Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Muhammed Butt

Deputy Leader of Brent Council – Cllr Ruth Moher

Lead Member for Adults and Health – Cllr Krupesh Hirani

Lead Member for Children and Families – Cllr Michael Pavey

Lead Member for Crime Prevention and Public Safety – Cllr Aslam Choudry

Lead Member for Customers and Citizens – Cllr James Denselow

Lead Member for Environment and Neighbourhoods – Cllr Roxanne Mashari

Lead Member for Highways and Transportation – Cllr Jim Moher

Lead Member for Housing – Cllr Margaret McLennan

Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects – Cllr George Crane

Cllr Bobby Thomas will be the new Mayor of Brent. Cllr Kana Naheerathan

I would like to thank the cabinet colleagues that have served in the past for their extreme hard work and dedication and look forward to working with my new executive colleagues.

In addition, Brent Council will be officially signing the Time to Change pledge which aims to fight against mental health discrimination.

 

Snowy Postcard to Cllr David Clues

While Dudden Hill is covered in snow, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind Liberal Democrat Councillor for the ward about the area he ‘represents’.

grange in snow postcard

 

Above is a picture of the beautiful Grange with St Catherine’s Church in the background covered in snow. David Clues has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011, over a year now – LINK

Last night, the Liberal Democrat Councillor yet again failed to turn up to the Full Council meeting. However, I understand the difficulties in travelling to Brent from Brighton in this difficult weather. I suppose the Liberal Democrats aren’t the only fluffy substance around that cause the country to grind to a halt.

Voters ‘brainwashed by Tory welfare myths’ The Independent

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An interesting front page of the Independent today. It confirms what many have been saying all along. That this Tory Liberal Government are using specific examples and making out as if this is the norm. As if everyone on benefits is workshy and sleeping happily in the home with their curtains drawn while people get up early to go to work in dark hours of the morning.

Indeed this article by Ramesh Patel, a Conservative himself, calls on David Cameron to apologise for his deficit arguments – LINK. He even refers to the Nazi tactic at the end of his article pushed by Joseph Goebbels, that if you repeat a lie over and over, people start believing it, no matter how ridiculous it is – LINK.

In Brent, most people affected by the benefit changes are in low paid work. The Independent article (available online – LINK) says that two thirds of those affected by the cap are in work.

It’s sad that people are believing these Tory Liberal distortions. The article says that polling reveals three in five believe the system has created a culture of dependency.  Brent Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Paul Lorber talked of this culture of dependency at the last Full Council meeting and has done so before, so even a senior Brent Lib Democrat is explicitly using this line of attack.

What we need is a better understanding on the lives affected by these changes. The atmosphere and toxicity that currently exists in society today in the UK towards people who receive benefits, not helped by Government and some parts of the media, is detriment to a peaceful society.

2012 site stats

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a fab New Years’ Eve celebration and a great Christmas.

For the last three years, I have been blogging a neat summary of statistics in fives for my website, so I thought I’d do the same for 2012. Here goes…

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  4. Councillor James Powney
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Top Blogposts:

  1. EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dem Hypocrisy Reaches New Low in Brent
  2. Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous Hindu New Year
  3. Barnet ‘Graph of Doom’
  4. Brent Eid Festival Sunday 9th September at the Capital City Academy
  5. Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at the Willesden Swaminarayan Temple

Top Search Terms:

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  3. willesden temple
  4. barnet graph of doom and gladstone park festival 2012 (same amount of searches)
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  4. Cllr Shafique Choudhary had the same number of clicks.
  5. Cllr Muhammed Butt

Calls for Brent Lib Dem Councillor who lives in Brighton to resign (again!)

Brighton beach October 2002
Brighton beach (Photo credit: What’s the rush)

The local paper’s website is once again reporting on the fact that Lib Dem Councillor for Dudden Hill Ward David Clues is living in Brighton and is inaccessible to local residents. You can read the article here – LINK

Calling a by-election is totally out of our hands so Dudden Hill Labour will continue to work hard for our residents as we have been doing since even before we had elected Councillors in the ward.

Letter from London Council Leaders: The missing London Borough

Monday’s census information represented a moment of truth for many London boroughs with the survey finally confirming what we have known for a long time: that the population of many Boroughs is growing much faster than those in Westminster think. The Councils we represent have seen above average increases in our population and as a result all have significantly higher populations than was previously projected and funded for.

This isn’t just a technical problem but a real world one that affects real people, as the funding we receive from the Government to provide the services our residents need is based on the incorrect projected figures, not on reality. Between us, we face a funding shortfall of almost £300 million each year as a result of these inadequate population estimates.

Having to deal with the massive cuts to our grants from Government has put huge stress on services in all our Boroughs. Not receiving the funding we are legitimately entitled to will only make this worse. Between us we are missing funding for over 300,000 residents – the equivalent of a large London Borough.

This ‘missing Borough’ means we have all had to make even deeper reductions to the services our residents rely upon than we would have otherwise had to.

As Council Leaders, elected Mayors and Group Leaders we call on the Government to ensure that we receive the funding that we are entitled to. Local Government funding must be based on reality, not fantasy.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council

Cllr Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney

Cllr Chris Robins, Leader of Waltham Forrest Council

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham

Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cllr Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council

Cllr Jagdish Sharma MBE, Leader of Hounslow Council

Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council

Cllr Joshua Peck, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group

Brent Council Liberal Democrats and A&E at Central Middlesex

Yesterday night at Full Council, the Labour group supported a motion that condemned the lack of consideration shown to Brent residents given that this department serves people living in the poorest part of Brent.

Sadly, the Brent Council Lib Dems and Tories both failed to support the motion and voted against it. It is worth noting that there were a couple of Lib Dem Councillors, namely Barry Cheese and Ann Hunter that did at least abstain and could not bring themselves to vote against the motion.

However, the erratic behaviour of Lib Dem Leader Cllr Paul Lorber during the debate of the motion sent shockwaves in the Council Chamber. He claimed that A&E is mostly for drunk people anyway and chose to attack me for being “relatively new” and “inexperienced” rather than address the arguments I made in the debate about meeting the needs of the poorest in the Borough and the concerns that residents in Brent were raising over A&E closure.

What’s more, is that Brent Tory Cllr Reg Colwill joined in with his contribution to the debate.

Such age discriminatory comments are very out of touch and perhaps shows the greater need to have more young people in elected and prominent positions and change the age demographic and profile of Councillors.

I’m sure there would have been a formal punishment had it been a younger Councillor making a similar derogatory comment based on age to an elderly Councillor.

This is proof that there is a lot of progress to be made in changing the attitudes and mindset of Councillors as well as wider society towards young people.