Richard Barnbrook is currently the subject of a Greater London Authority investigation, following a complaint that he broadcast 'totally false' claims about a series of murders in Barking and Dagenham.
In a video posted on his blog on September 24, the BNP's London representative claimed there had been three murders within the past month in Barking and Dagenham.
He also criticised the local authorities and the GLA for their inaction in tackling knife crime.
Introduced as a London Assembly Member, by his personal assistant Simon Darby he claimed:
"This year alone, up until now there has been 27 murders of youths between 13 and 17 by knife crimes with several thousand more being attacked by knives."In Barking and Dagenham alone three weeks ago there was a murder of a young girl, we don't know who's done it, her girlfriend was attacked inside an Educational institute."Again two weeks ago there was another attack by knives on the streets of Barking and Dagenham and two people were murdered."
However, following the broadcast, a complaint was made to the Standards Committees of both Barking and Dagenham Council and the Greater London Authority.
The complainant wrote to the GLA:
"Richard Barnbrook quite clearly states that 3 weeks ago a young girl was murdered in an education establishment in Barking and Dagenham. I know this to be an absolute lie.
"He also goes on to claim a further 2 murders in the borough in the last 2 weeks which is also a lie.
"On making these false statements not only on his blog but on You tube which has a world wide audience I believe that Richard Barnbrook has brought his position as an elected member of the GLA into disrepute he has also tried to damage the reputation of the GLA and its elected Members as well as Barking & Dagenham Council,"
A GLA Standards Sub-Committee met privately on Thursday to discuss the complaint.
After watching the footage, the committee members agreed that it warranted a referral to the Monitoring Officer.
The Monitoring officer will now investigate a possible breach of the GLA Code of Conduct.
Under section five of the code, a London Assembly Member:
"must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute."
Richard Barnbrook today declined to comment on whether he had broken any GLA rules.
However, he did admit to me that his dyslexia may have led him to have "muddled" his account.
He also said that one of the three murders he had referred to in the video, had actually taken place "just over the river" from Barking and Dagenham.
The case is ongoing. All comments will be moderated to avoid prejudicing the investigation.
-Update- The Guardian have now taken up this story.