BNP London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook could be removed from office for up to six months, after he admitted to broadcasting false claims about murders in his borough.
A joint City Hall and Barking and Dagenham investigation found that Barnbrook had broken both Codes of conduct and brought both authorities into disrepute.
In the now deleted Youtube video Barnbrook claimed that:
"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."
The Metropolitan Police have since confirmed that there were NO murders in the borough within that period.
When I questioned him about this in November, Barnbrook insisted that his 'dyslexia' had 'muddled' his account.
However, Barnbrook now admits that he knew the murder claims to be false at the time.
When questioned about this, Barnbrook told investigators that he had been referring to people on 'life support'.
The Metropolitan Police say they have no records of any such cases.
"It makes little difference..."
Despite knowing that his claims were false, Barnbrook subsequently refused an offer from the BNP to remove his video because it “would be removed in 4-6 weeks anyway.”
He also wrote to the Barking and Dagenham Recorder, saying that it made 'little difference' whether his claims were true.
This along with his refusal to apologise, meant that investigators found he had clearly broken the code of conduct and brought the authority into disrepute.
Sanctions for breaking the code range from an obligation to make a public apology, to a full six month suspension.
Barnbrook will now face a full hearing.
A separate complaint into material he distributed during a byelection, is still under investigation.