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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Richard Barnbrook faces suspension for murder vid

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.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bye bye dicky.

eric the fish said...

Excellent news. Well followed up. Must link to this.

Chris said...

Bye bye Dick

Dave Cole said...

Much as Barnbrook is a loathsome, mendacious, racist little toad, I don't think he should be suspended. The only people who should be able to remove an elected official are the electorate; at most, he should be forced to have a recall election or something.

As I believe MayorWatch has said, suspending him would be a PR gift for the BNP. I recall that they stood on a stage, gagged with tape and wearing t-shirts with the slogan 'gagged for telling the truth' when a Returning Officer prohibited speeches at a count because of the inflammatory remarks they might make. How much capital would they make, even if by lying, if Barnbrook were suspended?

Helen said...

I think he should be made to do community work with asylum seekers.

prj45 said...

"I recall that they stood on a stage, gagged with tape and wearing t-shirts with the slogan 'gagged for telling the truth' when a Returning Officer prohibited speeches at a count because of the inflammatory remarks they might make"

What slogan would they wear this time, "gagged for lying through our teeth"?

Tom said...

I think they should be forced to go on Newsnight - they crave gagging orders, so they must fear being asked to explain themselves.

AdamB said...

It's a difficult one. As a rule I'm against suspending politicians for anything but criminal acts. On the other hand there doesn't seem to be any other sanctions that match up to what he has done.

Perhaps the best result would be a public apology along with maximum publicity about what a nasty, deceptive and cretinous little weasel he is.

Alternatively, they could just get the ducking stool out.

Anonymous said...

You cannot seriously think that just a slap on the wrist and an apology would be an appropriate sanction for inflaming community fears by lies is enough........

6 months out of the spotlight will finish Dicky off, he will hate it, the pompous little man likes nothing more than to strut around the debating chamber either at City Hall or Barking & Dagenham this will be a big hit on his ego.

tulip

AdamB said...

Like I said, it's a difficult one. An apology doesn't seem anywhere near enough, but on the other hand, a long suspension could be a PR coup for the BNP.

Five Chinese Crackers said...

The best outcome would be to impose a fine exactly equal to the funding the party would get from the EU this year if it got anyone elected this June.

barry rochford said...

On the surface, it is easy to dismiss Barnbrook and his band of fascists as demented and warped. Now they are inventing murders that didn't happen whilst denying mass murder that did - never forget that they deny the holocaust only to be able to justify concentration camps in the future.
These people are fascists and remember last time their ilk came to power, over 50 million people died.
The most useful thing, besides applying whatever sanctions under GLA code of conduct that is appropriate is for the media to spend some timje exposing these people for what they are - Nazis.
My goodness, give me a Tory with a moat and fiddled expenses, any time!

Helen said...

Item 18b on the agenda of the forthcoming Standards Committee meeting makes interesting reading: http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/stndsmtgs/2009/stdsmay21/agenda.jsp

The GLA couldn't find anyone willing to work with Barnbrook so they had to recruit temporary staff from a special agency, who were then made permanent. A special BNP agency, it would appear, as those staff are Deputy Leader of the BNP Simon Darby (accomplice in all those interesting videos), BNP activist Tony Avery and Thurrock BNP councillor Emma Colgate.

Rog T said...

Adam,

It's not all bad news for Barnbrook. He's managed to win a prestigious political award from a most respected journal

Richard Barnbrook wins an award

Anonymous said...

He'll be fine..